Gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease, begins as inflammation of the gums around the teeth, or gingivitis. Gingivitis tends to be mild, highly treatable and reversible, but if it is left untreated, it can deteriorate into a more severe form of periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss. Our specialists in periodontics in Beverly Hills can provide periodontal treatments designed to protect your gums, heal the infection and preserve your dental health.
What are the symptoms of periodotnal disease?
Symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen or irritated gums that bleed when brushed or flossed. In more advanced cases, periodontal pockets can form around teeth, gums may recede or pull away from teeth, pus may develop along the gumline and teeth may become loose. Periodontal disease has been linked to major systemic diseases, including coronary artery disease and diabetes, which is why our Beverly Hills periodontics expert recommends regular dental exams, preventative care and treatments when necessary.
What treatments does Dr. Mirani recomment for periodontal disease?
Our periodontics expert in Beverly Hills may recommend scaling and root planing to treat periodontal disease. This is a deep cleaning procedure that is designed to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and particularly from along the gumline. Pockets of infection are cleaned, and the root surface is smoothed to make it easier for healthy gum tissue to reattach. Antimicrobial treatments may be recommended to further reduce bacterial toxins. Excellent dental hygiene, following appropriate at-home treatment recommendations and frequent professional cleanings and exams can help maintain gum health after a scaling and root planing periodontal treatment.
If your periodontal disease is more advanced, our Beverly Hills periodontics specialist may need to perform more advanced treatments and procedures in order to protect your teeth and gum health. Surgery may be indicated if severe bone or tissue damage is present. Periodontal surgery can limit the depth of periodontal pockets and improve your ability to clean your teeth effectively.
If you have any signs or symptoms of gum disease, prompt diagnosis and treatment is the best way to preserve your dental health and may be able to save your teeth. Contact our Beverly Hills dentist today to schedule your evaluation.