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
"The best dentist in Orange County. I have been visiting this office for years now. The staff are courteous and professional, they know who you are and are happy to see you. They provide excellent care and attention with the newest equipment and techniques. MOST IMPORTANTLY you will not feel a thing when they are working on your teeth. They are incredibly gentle while they work. I recently had a filling and the procedure was over before I even knew it. When I say that I didn’t feel a thing I mean that I did not feel even the slightest pinch, pressure, or discomfort. I was incredibly impressed and can not speak well enough about this office."- A.S. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"We are so thankful we met Dr.Abraham!Our first appointment was our family of four.Luckily they had kids center filled with legos( mind you before this whole COVID craziness happened) where they were able to enjoy legos and watch a movie while my husband and I got our cleaning. I couldn’t believe how sweet and loving all the girls were! I can’t remember all the names but Ms.Anna entertained the girls while Chelsea literally heated up an organic cheese pizza for my girls to eat while we finished! Not only was customer service on point but the actual dental work that needed to be done was finished professionally! Luckily my husband just needed cleaning. But I had some work done including a root canal where I was taken to Dr.Bijan for my root canal In which he did a n awesome job! Didn’t feel a thing with the gentle wave tech! So thank Dr.Abraham for sending me to Dr.Bijan and back to get my perfectly shaped crown that was assisted with Mariah. Did I mention you can get the rhinestones here that have been going In style! Ask Mariah for details! Again, don’t waste your time looking around just check it out! Sorry for novel!"- J.R. / Yelp / Jun 22, 2020
"I have a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while and was absolutely amazed at how great his teeth looked. I asked him who his dentist was and I switched immediately to LifeTime Smiles. I am so glad I did. What a great office atmosphere ontop of Dr. Abraham being a great dentist. I believe he takes great care in the wellbeing of my husband and I and our dental needs. I would HIGHLY recommend LifeTime Smiles of OC."- L.B. / Yelp / Jun 10, 2020
"During the COVID-19 pandemic I had a capped tooth that was previously chipped years ago. The cap on the tooth came off leaving me with half a front tooth and no dentist being open to fix it. Luckily through a family member I was able to find Dr. Abraham and see him in less than 24 hours after I chipped my tooth!! Dr. Abraham went above and beyond to see me and fix my tooth, he even apologized for not being able to see me the same day it happened. His office is also extremely helpful and friendly. Anna at the front desk was very welcoming and accommodating. Also, his assistant Mariah was extremely friendly, personable, and helpful. I now will be going Dr. Abraham for all my dental work and will be referring all my family and friends to him."- A.C. / Google / Jun 10, 2020
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.
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