Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal Disease is an infection and inflammation that affects the tissues and bone that support your teeth. It is also called gum disease.
When your gums are healthy, your gum tissues tightly hug each of your teeth. When you have gum disease, your gum pulls away from your teeth. As the gum disease gets worse, the tissues and bones that support your teeth are damaged and over time your teeth may fall out or need to be removed
Treating Gum Disease
Treating Gum Disease in the early stages is very important and can help prevent tooth loss. Our dentist is trained to detect and treat gum disease. If the gum disease is caught early enough (when it is gingivitis), you may simply need a professional cleaning with advice/instruction for improving your daily oral hygiene.
A professional cleaning is not enough if your gum disease is severe. Usually a special deep cleaning called scaling (SKAY-ling) and root planing (PLAY-ning) is needed. You may also be referred to a periodontist (a dentist specializes in the treatment of gum disease through surgical procedures) if your gum condition does not improve with the deep cleaning treatment.
Feel free to call our office at 310-835-0251 to learn more about periodontal disease treatment or any other services we provide. We will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.