Periodontic TreatmentsWhen gum disease develops, prompt treatment will prevent the destruction of tissue and bone. Periodontal disease starts out as gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums from plaque that has not been sufficiently removed. If the disease progresses, infection sets in and damage can be done to tissue and bone.
In its earlier stages, before it has reached the bone, periodontal disease can be cleared up with scaling and root planing therapy. For this procedure, our West Hollywood dentist uses special instruments to effectively clean bacteria from the teeth, including under the gum line. Root surfaces can also be smoothed to reduce the chances of bacteria forming in the future.
More advanced stages of periodontal disease will require a different type of treatment, such as oral surgery. Our dentist in West Hollywood will often use a pocket reduction procedure to clean out pockets that form between teeth and gums. Pocket formation happens when the infection has reached bone. With a pocket reduction, the gum tissue is pulled back from the teeth, exposing more of the teeth and allowing proper cleaning of bacteria. When the infection is cleared away, the gum tissue is sutured back into place.
Routine visits to our periodontist in West Hollywood can help in detecting gum disease in its early stages and treating it so that the teeth and gums would be saved from damages.
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Advanced levels of periodontal disease will cause damage to the gums, leaving behind an uneven gum line. Our West Hollywood periodontist has procedures that will repair the gums and cosmetically improve their overall appearance. When gums have receded, too much of the tooth surface will be exposed. A grafting procedure will effectively fill in the area. In other situations, there will be more gum showing and not enough tooth surfaces. Our periodontist in West Hollywood will remove the excess tissue and allow more of the teeth to show. The gum line will then be even and look cosmetically attractive.
With regular visits to our dentist for examinations and professional cleanings, plaque and tartar will not have the chance to accumulate on the teeth and create further problems with periodontal disease. Routine dental visits, along with practicing healthy oral hygiene habits at home, will help to maintain your teeth and gums in the best condition.
If you don’t get the treatments you require for gum disease, your teeth could be damaged beyond repair. Make an appointment with our West Hollywood periodontist as soon as you can.