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Periodontic Treatments

Periodontic TreatmentsPeriodontal disease is a condition in which the tissues surrounding the teeth are invaded by bacteria and become infected. This can result from any number of causes, but often is caused by infections entering the gum from decayed teeth. Building up of plaque along the gum line opens tiny fissures against the gums which can allow bacteria to penetrate. Because the mouth is moist and warm at all times, certain bacteria grow well there.

Gingivitis, the most common form of gum disease, can be characterized by bloody discharge from the gums when brushing, reddish or purple color near the teeth, or tenderness of the gums when touched. There may even be significant pain, especially when the gums are rubbed as when brushing the teeth. However, some gum diseases have few or no symptoms. By the time you notice periodontal disease, it is usually well advanced, as it often works from the inside of the gum outward.

Our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and will assess any advancing periodontal disease. Catching periodontal disease early is the best way to prevent significant damage. In its early stages, gum disease is highly treatable with simply, non-invasive methods, such as developing better oral hygiene habits or taking antibiotics to stop infection. Once the disease has taken hold, it is more difficult, though not impossible to treat.
Do you suspect you have gum disease? Contact our cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles and make an appointment as soon as possible.

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Treatments may involve deep cleaning at the gum line, usually by numbing the gums and using a scraping device to remove tartar buildup. Another good reason to treat periodontal disease early is that bacteria from tooth decay and gum disease can work its way into the bloodstream, then travel to other parts of the body. It can lower the body’s immune response, making it more difficult for you to fight off other illnesses. Simply put, periodontal disease affects the whole body.

The best defense against periodontal disease is regular checkups and good oral hygiene, including not only brushing but flossing and employing dental rinses. However, if periodontal disease has taken hold, it is very important to see our cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles immediately to learn of treatment options, and then to follow through with treatment procedures. Fighting gum disease not only saves your teeth and improves your oral health, it helps your whole body stay healthy.
Scheduling regular checkups with our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist ensures that your teeth are regularly checked for any signs of problems, including gum disease.