Bleeding and inflamed gums are just some of the initial warning signs of periodontal disease. Whether you’re just starting to notice gum inflammation or if you’ve been battling periodontal disease for years, Jun Flores, DDS, of 360 Dental can help. Dr. Flores offers the latest gum disease treatments and advanced surgical solutions in this Van Nuys, California, based clinic. Book your periodontal disease exam online or call the office directly.
Periodontal disease includes several types of infections and disorders that affect the tissues around your teeth. These issues can affect your gums, connective ligaments, jawbone, and protective cementum that covers your tooth’s root.
In the early stages of periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, the infection affects just your gums. As the disease progresses, all of the other surrounding components can become infected. It’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, so you can start treatment early on before the condition worsens.
If your gums bleed during brushing and flossing, chances are, you have early periodontal disease. As the condition progresses, you may experience:
The infection can become so severe, you start noticing pus along your gum line, particularly when you press on your gums. No matter how minor or how severe your case of gum disease may be, you have options for treatment at 360 Dental.
At 360 Dental, your periodontal disease treatment depends on the severity of your infection. In many cases, going through a periodontal laser therapy or gum disease surgery treatment helps. The dental laser carefully removes inflamed gum tissue, which also exposes your tooth’s root.
Your periodontist then scrapes away the calculus and plaque that’s built up deep below your gum line and around your root, a procedure known as root scaling and planing. The final step involves smoothing out your root to make it harder for bacteria to stick to your tooth.
For deeper cleaning, your practitioner may need to cut into your gums, lift them up, and scrape and clean your tooth’s root directly. This deeper cleaning is known as flap surgery. Or if your gums are severely receding or diseased, you could need a tissue graft to restore your natural, healthy gum line, or a bone graft to prepare for future dental implants.
Once your gums and surrounding tissues are treated, your gums start to heal. You might need to take antibiotics or medications to speed up the healing process and get rid of a deep underlying infection.
In most cases, poor oral hygiene and a buildup of dental plaque and bacteria cause periodontal disease. After your practitioner at 360 Dental treats you, they counsel you on how to properly care for your teeth at home, so you can decrease your risk of future issues with periodontal disease. The practice offers a program where you learn to use a specialized instrument at home to further help your gums maintain optimal health.
Schedule your periodontal disease evaluation at 360 Dental before your condition worsens. Book your appointment online or over the phone.