Periodontal disease is usually preventable but frequently neglected by patients, who often do not even know they have it. Once diagnosed, periodontal disease should be treated as soon as possible to avoid worsening and complications. Here is a look at the treatments our Los Angeles dentist may recommend for this issue.
Treatment of periodontal disease is easiest when it is in its early stages. Very early on, use of antimicrobial mouthwash and improved brushing and flossing habits may resolve periodontal disease. Our dentist may also recommend deep cleaning, also called scaling and root planing, which involves scraping bacteria away from the teeth and even slightly below the gum line.
Advanced periodontitis may necessitate gum flap surgery to remove accumulated bacteria. With this procedure, our expert in periodontal treatments in Los Angeles clears bacteria from the teeth and their roots, which are accessed by cutting the gums and pulling them back. Tissue grafts for the jaw bones and soft tissues may also be recommended if damage has occurred.
Patients can minimize their likelihood of developing periodontal disease by brushing and flossing and getting regular check-ups. At a consultation with our dentist, patients can find out if they have gum disease and explore treatment options if necessary.