Gum (periodontal) disease is a condition of inflammation in the gums, which may lead to serious damage to your oral health. There are several stages of periodontal disease that range from mild to advanced. The very first phase is gingivitis, which is brought on by a plaque buildup under the gumline. Without treatment, gingivitis may develop into the next phase called periodontitis, which impacts the fibers and bone that support your tooth roots. Advanced periodontitis is the last phase of periodontal disease, which may cause loose or lost teeth. To deal with gum disease, LifeTime Smiles of OC provides both surgical and nonsurgical treatments based on the intensity of the disease, such as antibiotics, scaling and root planing, root surface debridement, gum grafts, gum surgery, as well as extractions and dental implants. When you have symptoms of a periodontal infection, get in touch with our office in Santa Ana, CA to schedule an examination with skilled dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham.
"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
"Great staff and Dr Abraham very professional I recommend if u are looking for a dentist stop looking lifetime Smiles is the place to go for your family"- J.V. / Yelp / Apr 17, 2019
"Been going here for years and always receive the best service from before my appointment from reminders to when I walk out the door with my next appointment scheduled. Highly recommend to check them out if you want the best service for you smile."- G.A. / Google / Apr 07, 2019
"I have been going here my whole life. I trust the staff with their knowledge and expertise. Very friendly and will always accommodate my schedule. I highly recommend if you are looking for a great dentist with an awesome staff!"- B.P. / Yelp / Oct 23, 2018
"I started dating my boyfriend, Dagan, around Christmas time last year. I remember he told me he was dropping off chocolates for the office because he enjoyed going there so much. I thought he was uniquely kind for bringing them a gift and that the office must be special to have made that kind of an impact on him. Dagan always raved about how nice everyone was and told me I should check them out. I was looking to get my teeth whitened and Dagan kept suggesting I go to them. They had the method of Zoom teeth whitening which looked promising. So I made an appointment and discovered why my boyfriend loved it so much. Everyone is the office was delightful, kind, and made you feel welcomed and like part of a family. Upon arrival, I had to fill out some paperwork and they took be back within minutes of finishing it. They took excellent care of me while getting my teeth whitened. Checking in on me to make sure I was comfortable, played music for me, and kept changing my gauze because I was being extra. They were so kind they even called a couple days later to check on the sensitivity of my teeth after the whitening. I now understand why Dagan loves it there so much and would recommend this office to anyone looking for a new dentist. Thanks Dr. Kareem Abraham and staff for taking such good care of me!! :)"- L.B. / Yelp / Feb 04, 2019
Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is not easy to discover by yourself, which is the reason why it is very important to schedule yearly dental examinations at LifeTime Smiles of OC. This provides Dr. Abraham a chance to check your gums so he can recognize and address the problem before it affects your mouth and general wellbeing. As periodontal disease gets worse, signs will include swollen or red gums, bleeding due to regular flossing and brushing, a separated or receded gumline, and chronic halitosis (bad breath). At the subsequent phases of periodontal disease, you can also feel pain when chewing and sensitivity to cold and hot foods. It's necessary to schedule an appointment if you're seeing any of these signs so the disease can be addressed before it gets into your blood stream.
What to Expect
Treatment for periodontal disease will be based on the intensity of the disease. If Dr. Abraham determines you have periodontal disease, he will discuss his suggestions for your treatment program. In cases caught early, scaling and root planing (SRP) is usually done to clean out your gum pockets. In more serious cases, antibiotics can be taken along with numerous SRP procedures. Acute cases of gum disease normally call for gum surgery, like pocket reduction or gum grafting. This may include the use of laser technology such as the Gemini soft tissue laser.
Based upon the stage of gum disease and treatment program, your recovery period will be different. You might need to have a number of appointments at LifeTime Smiles of OC to completely correct your periodontal disorder. After your dental health is restored, you must continue attending regular dental exams and cleanings at LifeTime Smiles of OC. It's also wise to keep up a daily home dental hygiene regimen, including flossing and brushing. Dr. Abraham may suggest an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste to reduce your chance of developing another periodontal disorder.
Expenses for gum disease therapy will vary depending upon the seriousness of the illness, as well as the processes required. If you are using dental insurance, then our office will talk to your insurance provider to ascertain what they pay and if there'll be any extra expenses. For patients with no insurance, LifeTime Smiles of OC takes many payments and we will be able to help you to find medical financing. If you have any questions about financing, please speak to Dr. Abraham during your consultation. Not going to the dentist due to fiscal concerns can lead to larger problems and much more costly therapies.
Plan Your Procedure
Periodontal disease will get worse if you do not receive the correct therapy so it is crucial to get expert help when any signs occur. At LifeTime Smiles of OC, we work with you to renew your gums and avoid future cases of disease. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Abraham, get in touch with our office in Santa Ana, CA.