About Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, even in its mildest stages, is nothing to ignore. Your gums are an integral part of your oral health, and keeping them healthy will help you keep tooth decay at bay and greatly increase the likelihood of saving your teeth.
What is periodontal disease?
Commonly known as gum disease, periodontal disease is an infection affecting the gums, ligaments and bone surrounding teeth. It begins normally as gingivitis, which mainly only affects the gums. At this stage, gums may be red, swollen and sore. As gingivitis progresses, it becomes periodontitis, a more severe infection that can lead to bone and tooth loss.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
The early stages of gingivitis may go unnoticed at first. Plaque that has been allowed to remain on the teeth is the main cause.
Early warning signs of gingivitis
- Red or purple gums
- Gums that hurt or are sensitive
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Gums that are soft
Signs of more advanced periodontal disease (periodontitis)
- Gums pulling away from teeth
- Red, swollen and tender gums
- Pus evident around teeth and gums
- Teeth that are loose
- Change in your bite
Preventing Gum Disease
The good news is that periodontal disease can largely be prevented. It is usually caused by the buildup of plaque, which is the sticky film containing bacterium that coats teeth. Brushing and flossing twice a day will help get rid of this accumulation, but you need professional cleaning at least twice a year to complete the job.Learn More
Treating Gum Disease
Treating gum disease can be done in various ways, depending on the severity. Our board certified and experienced periodontist in Los Angeles is skilled in every aspect of treating gum disease.
Simple scaling and root planing may be all that is necessary, a non-surgical procedure to eliminate tartar (hardened plaque).
If periodontitis has progressed and the inflammation is more severe, we may need to surgically open the infected gums in order to expose the tooth root more thoroughly for scaling and planing. Once done, the gums are sutured back into place and allowed to heal. If bone and soft tissues have been damaged from the infection, we can perform grafting procedures to replace or rejuvenate them so they will be healthy again.
We may also prescribe antibiotics and anti-inflammatories as an additional tool to help eliminate stubborn bacteria.Learn More
Schedule a Consultation
When you schedule a consultation, we will not only do a thorough examination, but will go over with you our diagnosis and treatment plan. We make sure all your questions are answered and that you understand the recommended procedures. As a patient, you are part of our extended family, and we take every step to make sure you are comfortable and knowledgeable. This helps us to provide the absolute best dental care possible in the most efficient way.