Periodontal Treatments and Procedures

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Severe gum disease is one of the most common problems dentists see today. In fact, over three million American adults are currently suffering from some form of gum disease. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis. This is indicated by red, swollen gums that may feel tender and bleed when brushed. The teeth may also become more sensitive and appear longer. There are several treatments available from our dentist’s that can reduce the effects of periodontitis and even eliminate the disease altogether.

A scaling and root planing, or SRP, is often the first step in returning the gums to a healthy state. This involves a sharp tool that removes any plaque or small debris from just below and just above the gum line. This treatment, as with all of the others, should be performed in conjunction with improved at-home cleaning and care.

If a scaling and root planing is unsuccessful, our Los Angeles periodontics team will likely next perform a pocket reduction, to clean out and eliminate the gaps that have formed between the gum tissue and the tooth roots. Removing plaque and tartar from these pockets can significantly decrease inflammation.

Our dentist may recommend periodontal treatment before, or in conjunction with, a smile makeover. Schedule an appointment to learn more today.

Periodontal Treatments and Procedures

Unnoticed Signs of Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease affects more than half of Americans over the age of thirty-five, but most of them are unaware they have anything wrong with their gums. Early signs of periodontal disease are easy to miss, but missing this chronic, progressive infection can have disastrous consequences for your smile. Although periodontal disease often starts as simple gum inflammation, it can end with widespread tooth and bone loss.

Our Los Angeles periodontics expert will examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease at each checkup, but recognizing the signs at home is just as important and can help you get treatment sooner, before the condition has a chance to progress. Symptoms can include redness, inflamed gums, swelling, pain, tenderness, bleeding gums, bad breath, or a bad taste in the mouth. As the condition progresses, teeth may shift, gaps can develop, and you may notice a difference in the way your teeth fit together. The gums may look as though they are pulling away from teeth. Your teeth may look longer, or the roots may be visible. You may have heavy plaque or tartar buildup, and pus might be visible at the gum line.

These are serious symptoms that need to be addressed as soon as possible. A deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar buildup along the gum line and creates a healthier oral environment will typically be needed. If the infection has progressed, you might also need surgery. Call our office today to learn more about periodontal disease symptoms or to schedule an appointment with our team.

Unnoticed Signs of Periodontal Disease

Different Periodontal Surgeries

group of students at schoolPeriodontitis, or gum disease, is a serious inflammatory condition that affects the gums and other tissues that support the teeth. It is chronic and progressive, meaning that without treatment, you could lose your teeth. Our dentist offers different periodontal surgeries to treat advanced periodontal disease and improve your gum health.

Nonsurgical periodontal surgeries are typically used first. These include deep cleaning procedures, antimicrobial therapies, and laser treatments. If nonsurgical therapies do not provide sufficient relief, surgical treatments will be considered. These can include:

• Gum graft surgery to restore lost gum tissue
• Pocket reduction therapy to tighten gum tissue around the teeth
• Regenerative procedures to stimulate new bone growth
• Dental implants to replace lost teeth

Cosmetic periodontal surgery is also available. These procedures are typically used to treat gummy smiles. Our dentist can remove excess gum tissue to expose more of the natural crown.

Regardless of the periodontal treatments we recommend, your gum health will be maximized through the use of good dental hygiene at home. Brush and floss as directed, and visit us for periodontal maintenance treatments on your recommended schedule. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Santa Clara.

Different Periodontal Surgeries

Periodontal Abscess and How to Deal with It

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Gum disease is typically painless and does much of its damage without many noticeable symptoms. A periodontal abscess is different. This is a type of infection that is often extremely painful and can occur suddenly. A periodontal abscess may be accompanied by redness, swelling, pain and bleeding. It may occur near the neck of the tooth or in a periodontal pocket. Our Los Angeles periodontists will need to examine the area, take X-rays and determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

An abscess is a localized infection and will typically need to be drained. This can be done through the periodontal pocket or through an incision using local anesthesia to keep you comfortable and eliminate pain. The area will be thoroughly cleaned to remove any foreign material and bacteria. If the root of the tooth was involved in the infection, you may also need a root canal treatment. You may then be given antibiotics or pain medication depending on your needs.

Good dental hygiene can help prevent periodontal abscesses. Brush, floss and visit us regularly. Rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill bacteria, and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Call our expert in treating periodontal abscess in Los Angeles to schedule your appointment.

Periodontal Abscess and How to Deal with It

Obvious Signs of Gum Disease

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Gum disease is a serious chronic infection of the gum tissues that can occur and worsen without many noticeable symptoms, such as pain. Regular dental exams are one of the best ways to catch this disease in its earliest and most treatable stage, but being aware of gum disease symptoms can allow you to monitor your gums for signs of problems at home and get treatment promptly.

Some obvious symptoms of gum disease include:

  1. Bleeding gums

Healthy gums should not bleed, but when gums become irritated by oral bacteria, they can bleed at the slightest touch. You might notice bleeding when you floss, brush, or eat. This is the most obvious sign of gum disease.

 

  1. Redness, puffiness, and swelling

Healthy gum tissue is pink, firm, and tight against the teeth. Oral bacteria can cause inflammation, and your gums might begin to look red, puffy, or swollen. They might be tender when you brush, floss, or otherwise touch them.

 

  1. Bad breath

If your breath is constantly bad and does not resolve with improved dental hygiene, you might have gum disease. The oral bacteria responsible for gum disease release a foul-smelling discharge, which appears as bad breath.

 

Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our Los Angeles periodontist.

Obvious Signs of Gum Disease

Reasons for Painful Gum

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When thinking of oral health, many patients forget about the gums. Gums, however, are an important part of the mouth, and can play a big part in both oral and overall health. Gums can become red, swollen, tender, and painful due to several reasons, but the main cause is poor care of the teeth.

When the teeth have been neglected or simply not taken proper care of, it can affect the gums directly. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar can seep into the teeth and accumulate along and below the gum line. This can lead to root canal infections and pain in the gum tissue, which is otherwise known as severe gum disease, or periodontitis.

Our expert in treatment of painful gums in Los Angeles can perform several treatments and procedures to eliminate periodontitis and the pain that comes with it. A scaling and root planing clears plaque and tartar from the gum line and tooth roots. Other treatment options include gum grafting, pocket reduction, and laser treatments.

Be sure to not wait if you experience any pain, swelling, tenderness, or redness in your gums, as it is likely a symptom of severe gum disease or similar serious problem. An appointment with our best Los Angeles dentist can perform an examination and determine the best way to treat your gum pain.

Reasons for Painful Gum

What is the Purpose of Periodontal Scaling?

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Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It is typically characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing. Gums can begin to recede, and if gingivitis is not treated in time, it can progress to a much more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. Luckily, when gum disease has only reached the gingivitis stage, it is highly treatable and much of the damage can be reversed. A periodontal scaling is one such treatment that is designed to treat gingivitis before it progresses into periodontitis.

Scaling refers to the process of our Los Angeles periodontist scraping away the plaque and the tartar from above and below the gumline. Scaling is usually done in conjunction with root planing as a form of conservative treatment that acts as the first line of defense against the beginnings of gum disease. Root planing is very similar to periodontal scaling, but it focuses on removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the tooth root. Plaque and tartar are the leading causes of tooth decay, and in turn gum disease, and periodontal scaling is one of the most effective methods for removing them. By removing the plaque and tartar from along the gumline, it encourages the gums to more snugly attach to the teeth.

If you think you may have some of the symptoms of gingivitis, contact our expert in periodontal scaling in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.

What is the Purpose of Periodontal Scaling?