Westchester Gum Disease Treatment
Are your gums inflamed and irritated? Do they often bleed when you brush your teeth? You may be suffering from periodontitis, or gum disease. More than 64 million American adults suffer from some form of periodontitis, which is caused by rampant bacterial growth around the teeth and gum line. If left untreated, gum disease will cause your gums to become inflamed, eventually leading to tooth decay and the destruction of tissue and bone around your teeth.
The best line of defense against gum disease is proper oral hygiene and regular periodontal evaluations with your dentist. At EZ Dental & Orthodontics, we work with our Los Angeles dental patients to prevent and treat all stages of periodontitis. Our goal is to help our patients maintain healthy gums and teeth that will last a lifetime.
The Three Stages of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and the most common and treatable. It is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily, a receding gum line, and bad breath. Gingivitis is fully reversible with professional treatment and regular brushing and flossing. We recommend professional cleanings twice a year to prevent bacteria build-up.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it progresses into periodontitis. This stage is characterized by some damage to the soft tissue surrounding the teeth and eventually, bone loss. Gums are very swollen and tender to the touch. Spaces may develop between the teeth, and infection in and around the gums is common.
Periodontitis is treated with professional cleanings as well as scaling and root planing. Scaling is a minimally-invasive procedure that removes tartar and bacteria from the surface of the teeth and beneath the gums. Root planing will help to clean the root surfaces of bacteria build-up.
Your LAX area dentist will determine which procedure is best for your unique situation. Once gum disease has settled under the gum line, we recommend professional cleanings up to four times per year to prevent further damage.
- This severe stage of gum disease should be treated immediately to prevent tooth loss. It is characterized by loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth. Advanced periodontitis is treated with cleanings, scaling, and root planing, and depending on the situation, bone or gum grafts may be needed to help rebuild the area.
Preventing and Treating Gum Disease
Gum disease is a progressive disease that should be treated early for the best results. Regular brushing and flossing are the first line of defense against the disease, followed by scheduled cleanings and gum disease therapy at our Inglewood dental office.