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.
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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.