Periodontal gum disease is a gradually advancing condition, increasing in severity over time as naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth mixes with pieces of food and saliva. This generates a tacky, transparent plaque that can wreak havoc on your teeth if left untreated. Many men and women think that brushing and flossing are all it takes to eradicate the plaque, but it isn't. As the plaque builds up and becomes tartar on your teeth, your gums may start to become irritated. This is when it is important to see an experienced professional, like skilled dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham at LifeTime Smiles of OC in Santa Ana, CA. You should act quickly since time is of the essence. When periodontal disease moves past the initial stage (which is gingivitis) into the stages called periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, bone and tooth loss are very likely, and both can cause a variety of complications for patients.
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are great! Not only have they seen me, but our three kids (ages 8,8 & 9, yes twins) and our grandma. We've all seen dentists that are highly recommended, from Corona Del Mar to San Jose as we use to live in Silicon Valley, but I can honestly say that Sr.Abraham and his staff (from dental hygienists, front office staff to the Doc himself) are the best I've seen. They are obviously a for profit business, but they go out of their way to make sure you get more value than what you would ever expect. Dr.Kareem is above all, concerned with the overall health of our entire family. He does things like screen his patients for different issues, as a precaution and doesn't charge extra, just to make sure he has a good overall picture of your health and that you're well informed. I think the biggest thing though is everyone in our family likes going to the dentist because it's always a good experience. The doc is wonderful with our kids and they really like him. They've never complained of anything and that's great! I just recently found out that Dr.Kareem was listed as OC's top 10 doctors in Orange Coast magazine and he didn't pay them a dime, it was a total surprise to him."- S.B. / Yelp / Mar 20, 2019
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"Lifetime Smiles of OC is the best! If you’re looking for a friendly, professional, knowledgeable, kind, and gentle dentist, look no further! Dr. Abraham is second to none, he keeps up with current procedures, products, education, and anything that makes going to the dentist easy for his patients. As a matter of fact, when you go there, you feel like family, not just a nameless person. Dr. Abraham is the BEST at giving shots, totally painless and he constantly checks to make sure you’re comfortable. I have a problem staying numb, he stops at the slightest raise of my hand and gives me more Novocain. He explains everything in great detail and makes sure I understand what he’s doing and why. He takes the fear out of going to the dentist, I actually look forward to seeing him and we talk about a common interest, food. Ana, Raquel, and Haley run the front office. As soon as you walk in, they greet you and ask how you’re doing. They’re so friendly, efficient and professional, they answer questions about insurance, appointments, services, and send out reminders for upcoming appointments. My husband usually has Saturday appointments, but if an opening for a late afternoon appointment is available they’ll call and see if he’d like to go in. Now that’s great service! Jon is an amazing hygienist, he’s so thorough and knowledgeable. I get my teeth cleaned every three months, he keeps me accountable and consistent with my dental health. About a year ago he noticed I had small cracks on some of my teeth, my bite was off and it was damaging my teeth. He recommended Invisalign, thank you Jon! I love my smile and my teeth are straight. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants straight teeth with getting braces, no one ever noticed I was wearing the Invisalign trays. Naomi and Ana are awesome dental assistants. They’re both very gentle, caring, nice, professional, and friendly. They work so well with Dr. Abraham and take great pride in doing a wonderful job. When they’ve make temporary crowns for me they’re so comfortable, it’s a shame they have to be removed. The office has been remodeled and is beautiful! They have a Keurig, a refrigerator with filled water bottles, and a play area for children. The dental area is super clean and well equipped. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist, have no fear, you won’t be judged and you will be welcomed. They all genuinely care about your dental health, how to help you achieve and maintain healthy teeth."- N.A. / Google / Jun 18, 2019
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"Update: 6/2019 Oscar no longer works at Lifetime Smiles, but Naomi and Ana are amazing. They work well with Dr. Abraham, making sure your comfortable, and not in any pain. They're both friendly and very knowledgeable."- L.C. / Yelp / Jun 04, 2019
Good candidates for periodontal treatments vary from those with swollen and bleeding gums to those with severe loss of tissue, teeth, or bone in the mouth.
In some instances, the condition has already caused tooth loss. No matter how your periodontal disease has advanced, the time to seek treatment is now. Gum inflammation is quite often a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis, which is the second stage of the disease. This often results in bad breath that cannot be masked, uncomfortable bleeding gums, painful chewing, loose teeth, and receding gums. If you are currently suffering from similar symptoms, we recommend you schedule a consultation at LifeTime Smiles of OC.
What To Expect
There are a variety of periodontal procedures that may be used to combat gum disease. The primary goal is to prevent further infection. Dr. Abraham and the team at LifeTime Smiles of OC usually begin with a small tool called a probe, which can be compared to a small metal ruler that can check and measure the affected pockets near and under the teeth. Digital x-rays can also help confirm any bone loss. The results from this examination will help determine the type and amount of treatments used. Therapies typically begin with a focused cleaning and plaque removal with a technique called scaling and root planing. Prescription medication may also be taken to treat infections. Bone and tissue grafts can be considered for patients in the advanced stages of the disease.
The trick to effective healing from many periodontal therapies is keeping rigorous dental hygiene in the home. During your consultation, Dr. Abraham will examine ways you can take further advantage of treatment by altering, enhancing, or quitting some habits, like smoking (which is believed to exacerbate the symptoms of the disease).
As periodontal therapies are customized based on the severity of the disease (and also the needs of the patient), healing timeframes and directions will differ. It's extremely important that you brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss frequently to eliminate buildup amassing among the teeth, and also visit LifeTime Smiles of OC often for exams and deep cleanings.
Since the suggested treatments for gum disease could vary, so may insurance coverage and related prices. Our staff will advocate for you on a personal basis to maximize the part of your therapies paid for by your insurer. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Abraham can talk about treatment alternatives and costs to create a treatment plan that fits your budget. During your consultation, inquire about medical financing options and ask us to help you learn more about it.
Plan Your Procedure
Although gum disease is not entirely curable, comprehensive therapy and scheduled check-ups by an experienced dental staff may help to keep your symptoms manageable and mild. If you think you could be experiencing the symptoms of periodontal gum disease, or you'd like more info about the condition and other treatment choices we currently provide, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Abraham at LifeTime Smiles of OC at your earliest convenience.