The field of periodontics focuses on the tissues that support your teeth, which include your periodontal ligaments, alveolar bone, and gums. These tissues help to hold your teeth in place while also protecting the roots of the teeth.
Issues arising from disease or poor oral hygiene can lead to severe damage to the supporting structures of your teeth. When this occurs, I will recommend periodontal treatment to restore your gums to a healthy state and prevent bone loss. Periodontal procedures can include deep cleanings, root scaling and planing, and gum surgery.
Gingivitis is one of the most common forms of periodontal disease I see in patients. It affects the gums, causing them to become red and swollen and bleed easily. This condition is caused by plaque buildup at the gum line, generally due to poor oral hygiene habits.
If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis and cause permanent damage to the gums and surrounding bone structure. That is why I recommend regular checkups and cleanings to all of my patients so that we can prevent this condition and treat it promptly if it does occur or is already existing.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of gingivitis, contact us today for proper diagnosis and treatment before the disease progresses.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and happens when plaque buildup irritates the gums. At this stage, you may notice red, swollen, or bleeding gums when you brush or floss.
If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, which is the second, more advanced stage of gum disease. If you have periodontitis, the gum tissue will begin to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where harmful debris can hide and infect the roots of the teeth. Untreated, periodontitis can cause tooth loss.
If a patient has periodontal disease, I will first discuss treatment options with them depending on the severity of the condition. Periodontal procedures like scaling and root planing are designed to reverse the effects of gum disease and prevent future problems from developing.
Scaling involves removing plaque deposits and hard tartar from the teeth as well as below the gum line. Root planing will smooth rough spots on the root of the tooth to prevent bacteria buildup and allow the gums to reattach.
After patients undergo periodontal treatment, it is important to be diligent about maintaining good oral hygiene at home. Routine brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and avoiding tobacco use are all ways for patients to maintain optimal oral health. We also recommend patients come in for their regular checkups and cleanings to ensure we detect and treat any early signs of gum disease before they develop into a more serious condition.
For gentle, customized, stress-free dental procedures in Los Angeles, California, do not hesitate to contact our dental practice. You can reach us by phone at (310) 838-0844, visit us at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or conveniently schedule your appointment online.
In some complicated situations, Dr. Carlston will refer patients to a Specialist. We deal with highly recommended specialists in the area.