Gum disease is a common problem, and while it can be reversed in its earliest stages, it can also be quite aggressive. Without treatment, it can destroy the structures that surround and protect the teeth, leading to tooth and bone loss. For this reason, our periodontists in LA may recommend surgery to treat gum disease for some patients.
Bacterial plaque, a thin biofilm that consists of bacteria and food debris, is the primary cause of gum disease. Plaque is constantly forming in your mouth, and good dental hygiene is required to remove it. If it builds up, the toxins released by the bacteria irritate the gums, which respond by becoming inflamed. The inflammatory response is defensive and helps destroy the bacteria, but it also destroys the gum and bone tissue.
You may benefit from surgery for gum disease if you have:
• Deep periodontal pockets that cannot be easily cleaned
• Exposed tooth roots due to gum recession
• Lost bone tissue around the teeth
A variety of restorative and regenerative procedures can be used to tighten periodontal pockets and regrow lost tissues. They will typically be performed in conjunction with more conservative therapies. Call our gum surgeon in Los Angeles to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
Gums can become swollen, inflamed, tender, or even painful for several reasons. Our periodontists in Los Angeles work to find the underlying cause of any gum discomfort. With the right treatment, your gum health and comfort can be restored.
Common causes of gum pain include:
- Aggressive dental hygiene
Brushing and flossing are among the most basic dental care needs, but brushing too hard and flossing too roughly can injure your gums. To protect your gum tissue, use a soft-bristled brush, and be gentle when you clean your teeth.
- Gum disease
About half of adults in the U.S. have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque, which infect the gum tissue and cause an inflammatory response. Treatments can range from professional deep cleaning and improved at-home cleaning regimens, to antimicrobial therapy and surgery.
- Ill-fitting dentures
If you wear dentures, they may need to be adjusted or relined periodically. If your dentures do not fit well, they can rub and irritate your gums, causing sores and pain.
If you are suffering from gum inflammation, tenderness, or pain, call our expert in gum pain treatment in Los Angeles to schedule your consultation with our team.
Periodontists are dentists that specialize in the gums. Many patients can do an acceptable job taking care of their teeth, but completely ignore their gum health. This leads to varying levels of gum disease.
A mild level of gum disease is called gingivitis. Symptoms include excessive tenderness, redness, and bleeding. At this stage, increased dental care and oral hygiene may be enough to reverse the process. This includes improved brushing and flossing, as well as more frequent visits to our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco.
If the condition has become more progressed, our periodontist can perform a scaling and root planing, or SRP. This involves using a special tool to remove the plaque and tartar from just above and just below the gum line. If this is not successful, a gum flap surgery is typically attempted next, wherein incisions are made in the gums in order to better access and clean the tooth roots.
Other periodontal treatments include gum tissue and bone grafting. Failure to seek treatment for gum disease can lead to deep decay, abscessed teeth, and even tooth loss. If you have recognized any of the above symptoms in your gums, schedule an appointment with our dentist today.
Many periodontal treatments are available from our expert. If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, prompt treatment is important. The right treatment can reduce the risk of more serious complications and can even reverse early stages of the disease. Our periodontists in Los Angeles can recommend the best treatment protocol for your needs.
Noninvasive periodontal treatments are the first line of defense against gum disease. These usually include a deep cleaning process called scaling and root planing, during which all the buildup above and below the gum line is removed and the tooth roots are smoothed. This creates a healthier environment for healing. Antimicrobial treatments, frequent dental cleanings, laser therapy, and improved at-home hygiene can also play a role in your recovery.
In some cases, surgical treatments can be necessary. This usually occurs when the gum or bone tissue is too damaged to be repaired using noninvasive therapies. Surgical periodontal treatments are usually performed in conjunction with noninvasive treatments and can include pocket reduction surgery, guided tissue regeneration, bone grafts, and gum grafts. Many patients can benefit from a multi-pronged approach. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in non-surgical periodontal treatments in Los Angeles.
There are two types of gum disease. Gingivitis, the term most are more familiar with, refers to mild gum disease. The second type, periodontitis, is more severe. Periodontitis occurs when bacteria and other particles form in the mouth, which results in gum-damaging plaque when not brushed away. Fortunately, periodontists have a few different ways of eliminating this disease, and may need to resort to surgery.
The main goal of gum disease treatment is to control the infection. Any ways your Los Angeles periodontist employs in office is best supplemented by care at home. Regular and attentive brushing is necessary, and you will be required to eliminate any related bad habits, such as smoking.
A scaling and root planning is a common procedure used to restore the health and integrity of the gums. Scaling involves removing tartar above and below the gum line, while root planing gets rid of rough spots on the roots of the tooth where germs collect. This process may require a laser. The result is less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.
Anti-inflammatory medications may also be prescribed at this time to reduce infection. If these previously described tactics are unsuccessful, your oral surgeon in Los Angeles may recommend a flap surgery or a bone and tissue graft.
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is an exceptionally common problem for adults. In fact, it is estimated that approximately half of all adults over the age of 30 suffer from some level of the disease. Its earliest stage is known as gingivitis, but it can easily advance into full blown periodontitis.
Our expert in periodontics in Orange County can rather easily diagnose the problem at a regular dental appointment. The symptoms are usually quite clear, including swollen and red gums, bleeding gums, bad breath, a receding gum line, pockets forming between the gums and the teeth, and more.
If gum disease has been identified, there are a number of things our OC dentists can do to eradicate the disease. The root cause of the disease is plaque. As a result, that is the first thing that must be removed. This includes removing it underneath the gum line in a treatment called scaling. If the gum disease had been present for some time, the teeth might be damaged below the gum line, too. This damage creates small grooves and crevices that bacteria are able to hide in. To address this, our dentist will perform a procedure called planing, where the tooth is smoothed out.
For many years, the standard treatments for ridding the mouth of periodontal disease were scaling and root planing or surgery. In scaling and root planing, the plaque and tartar is scraped away from above and below the gum line, and the bacteria collected at the root of the tooth is removed. Surgery is usually done on the soft tissue or the bones of the gums. While these traditional approaches are still very important procedures, treatment is starting to evolve with the advent of laser periodontal therapy.
Laser periodontal therapy can be used individually or in conjunction with other more traditional methods for periodontal disease treatment. The laser itself is ultra-thin, where our Los Angeles periodontist actually inserts it right between the gum tissue and your tooth. The laser has different wavelengths and power levels that correspond to different levels of periodontal treatments. It is perfectly safe to use, but if the wrong wavelength is used in the wrong location, damage can be possible. A benefit of laser therapy is that no cutting is involved. Therefore, there is no bleeding, and stitches will not be required. Treatment time with the laser is much shorter than with conventional surgery, and after the treatment, you can go right back to your normal routine.
If you are interested in whether or not laser therapy is right for treating your level of periodontal disease, then contact our expert in laser periodontal therapy in Los Angeles to set up a consultation.