Periodontal disease can have serious effects on the mouth and the rest of the body, making timely treatment important to stop its progression. A variety of treatments, both non-surgical and surgical, are available from our East Los Angeles periodontal treatment expert to halt gum disease and even reverse it. Whereas non-surgical options are often effective early in the course of periodontal disease, surgical treatments may be chosen to treat advanced periodontitis and restore any tissues it has destroyed. Here is more about how gum disease may be addressed by our dentist.
When early gum disease, also called gingivitis, begins to appear, patients may obtain total relief from comprehensive dental cleaning, scaling and root planing, and antimicrobial rinses. Cleaning from our expert in periodontal treatment in East Los Angeles can complement brushing for bacteria removal. When scaling and root planing is performed, our dentist uses special instruments to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Antimicrobial rinses work by helping to control bacteria in the mouth. Occasionally, antibiotics may also be used to fight the oral bacteria.
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Our East Los Angeles periodontal treatment expert may use one or more advanced methods of treating periodontitis depending on specific symptoms and disease progression. Gum flap surgery involves making incisions in the gums and pulling them back to allow removal of the plaque and tartar there before suturing the gums for healing. Pocket reduction, which decreases spaces in the gums where bacteria can thrive, may also be used. Patients whose gum disease has damaged their soft tissues and bone may benefit from grafting or bone surgery to spur regeneration of those tissues.
Preventive techniques, including daily brushing and flossing and twice-yearly visits to our expert in periodontal treatment in East Los Angeles, are valuable for preventing gum disease and hindering its progression. After periodontal disease becomes established, patients are likely to benefit from non-surgical or surgical procedures recommended by our dentist. At a consultation with our dentist in East Los Angeles, patients can learn more about periodontal disease and how it may be treated.