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
"This dentist office is the best available. I have been a patient here since 1996. The staff is knowledgeable, reliable & personable. I won't go anywhere else for dental care. Top Notch!"- A.M. / Yelp / Oct 07, 2019
"Such a kind and diligent dental team! The entire staff makes you feel welcomed and important. With Dr. Abraham's skills you know your smile is in the right hands"- M.A. / Yelp / Sep 26, 2019
"I have always hated going to the dentist! Since I was a kid I remember getting so much anxiety when it was time to go and that carried away over as an adult. It had been a really long time since I have been. At least 3 years because my last visit was terrible. After talking with my friend who recommended this office I got up the courage to make an appointment and go. The staff here is so friendly and immediately put me at ease. The new patient process was so simple and I was brought back within 15 mins of being there. Dr Abraham even came out and introduced himself which was another thing that made me so comfortable. My hygienist was Quinn and she was amazing. She took her time and explained everything she was going to do. She was gentle and took into consideration my past experiences. After my cleaning Dr. Abraham came in and chatted about what I wanted to change or get right moving forward with dental care. The entire staff is amazing. Ana, Naomi, Raquel, Quinn and Dr Abraham have really made feel so much better about staying consistent with my preventative care. Not only to have a nice smile but to keep up with overall help. Much thanks to the team"- M.B. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2019
"I had a great experience at the dentist today with Dr Abraham. I did’t even feel the shot for today’s tooth extraction! Naomi was caring and helpful. Very good doctor!"- I... / Google / Aug 14, 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.