Gum disease is a common oral health problem for patients of all ages. In addition to having increased risks of tooth loss, gum disease sufferers may be more likely to suffer from systemic inflammation leading to diseases of the heart and lungs when bacteria enter the blood stream through the damaged gums. This makes proper treatment essential when patients notice signs of gum disease, such as bleeding, tenderness, and swelling. Our West Hollywood gum treatment expert may recommend non-surgical treatments for treatment of early-stage gingivitis or surgical procedures for advanced periodontitis.
Routine professional cleaning helps prevent gum disease by removing plaque and tartar from the teeth, but deep cleaning may be necessary for patients who are suffering from full-blown gum disease. Also called scaling and root planing, this procedure involves intensive removal of plaque and tartar from teeth above as well as below the gum line. Our expert in gum treatment in West Hollywood may use a variety of manual and electronic tools to achieve this. For patients whose gingivitis is not yet advanced, scaling and root planing combined with antimicrobial rinses may actually reverse the disease.
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Surgical treatments of periodontal disease include gum flap surgery and tissue grafting. During gum flap surgery, our West Hollywood gum treatment expert pulls back the gums from the teeth in order to remove more of the plaque and tartar associated with gum disease. Tissue grafting, which is often performed after significant damage has been caused by gum disease, involves grafting of bone and soft tissue to affected areas in order to promote tissue regeneration.
Patients can reduce their risks of gum disease onset and progression by brushing and flossing every day and visiting our dentist in West Hollywood regularly for check-ups. Fluoride application, orthodontic treatment, and avoidance of sugary foods can also help fight gum disease. Patients should also avoid smoking as it has consistently been shown to worsen gum health. At a consultation with our expert in gum treatment in West Hollywood, patients can learn more about gum disease, its treatments and how it can be prevented.