Have you ever had a sour taste in your mouth? Not from your favorite sports team losing a game on the final play, or from looking at the bill your auto repair guy just handed you, but a continuous bad taste no matter how much you brush your teeth and rinse with mouthwash? If this describes you, then you may need to see someone who specializes in periodontics in Santa Ana.
That “someone” is Dr. Kareem Abraham, a family and cosmetic dentist who utilizes the most advanced dental techniques, including periodontics. Dr. Abraham uses a conservative, yet comprehensive approach to helping his patients maintain or regain good oral health. With an additional three years of education following graduation from dental college, which includes extensive training in restorative dentistry, he has helped thousands of patients who exhibit symptoms of periodontal disease.
Are there typical symptoms of periodontal disease?
In addition to a persistent sour taste in your mouth, other signs of periodontal disease include inflamed or bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, pain while biting or chewing, and teeth that have moved or shifted out of position. With his experience practicing periodontics in Santa Ana, Dr. Abraham can diagnose and treat these symptoms and others before they lead to more serious overall health problems.
What is periodontics?
Many periodontal conditions originate in the gums. Most often, bacteria found in plaque, that icky film in your mouth, will build up between your teeth and gums. Left untreated, the bacteria grow and cause the gums to become inflamed and infected. That can lead to deterioration of the gums and the bone structure that supports teeth. Receding gums and loss of teeth may be inevitable. Periodontics, as practiced by Dr. Abraham, works to save teeth, revitalize the gums, and helps prevent gum disease from causing even more serious health issues including diabetes and heart disease.
How do I know if I need to see Dr. Abraham?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Abraham at LifeTime Smiles of OC. During your initial examination, your medical and dental histories will be reviewed. A list of any medications you are presently taking along with describing any health conditions you may be receiving treatment for is vital information needed for a proper evaluation. Dr. Abraham will examine your gums, check the overall condition of your teeth, and may have X-rays taken to check the condition of the jawbone below your gum line.
What treatments are available for periodontal disease?
After evaluating the condition of your gums and teeth, Dr. Abraham will recommend and thoroughly explain the course of treatment best suited to stop and reverse gum disease. This may include deep cleaning called scaling and root planing, cleaning infection away from the surface of the root to prevent the need for a root canal, or dental implants if necessary.