Treating Severe Periodontal Disease
Symptoms of Gum Disease
It is sometimes difficult to catch the early stages of gum disease, because the symptoms are mild and fleeting. Because of this, regular visits to the dentist and periodontist are essential in getting the proper care. If you are experiencing any level of gum redness, pain, swelling, bleeding after brushing and flossing, gum recession, loose or missing teeth, mouth sores, or chronic bad breath, it is essential to schedule a visit to your Los Angeles periodontist.
Gingival disease stems from a build-up of plaque and debris along the gum line. Smoking and certain medications, poor nutrition, poor oral care, and also a variety of other diseases all increase the risk of developing gum disease.
Stages of Gum Disease
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. It begins with gum sensitivity and redness along the gum line. The risk of bleeding while brushing or flossing is very high in the early stage.
The next stage is periodontitis and occurs if gingivitis goes untreated. Plaque builds up on the gum line and over time turns into infection. This will cause the gums to pull back off of the teeth. Eventually, if left untreated and allowed to progress, the teeth could potentially loosen and fall out. Periodontitis also comes with very bad breath that brushing does little to combat.
Treatment of Gum Disease
The first step towards treatment is proper diagnosis. Once the progression of the disease is assessed the level of treatment can be scheduled. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, the periodontist can take steps to completely and effectively reverse the damage of the disease.
If tooth loss has occurred, then steps must be taken to restore the mouth to its original splendor. Depending on the level of gum recession, gum grafting may be required. This process takes a piece of healthy gum and rebuilds the recessed gum line with it. This is a highly effective course of treatment and with proper care can be permanent.
Pocket reduction surgery might be appropriate for minimal recession. This treats the gums by cleaning the root surfaces of bacteria and smoothing the edges of damaged bone. Your dentist may also recommend dental implants once the gum’s health has been restored. This is a surgical process of installing a tooth into the jawbone. This is a highly effective, permanent process that replaces a missing tooth with an identical fabrication.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you have more questions about any of these procedures, such as pocket reduction surgery in Los Angeles, call the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy to schedule a consultation. Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky are dedicated to helping you find the most effective care in treating your oral health. Call 310-826-8242 today.