Periodontal disease is an infection that threatens the health of your smile and can affect your general health. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria that live in plaque. When plaque accumulates on your teeth, your gums can become irritated and inflamed. These oral bacteria infect the gums and underlying oral structures. Dr. Ariz, our periodontist in Northridge, offers a variety of periodontal treatments to help restore your oral health and preserve the function and stability of your smile.
Dr. Ariz, our Northridge periodontist, may recommend periodontal treatments if you have any symptoms of gum disease. Symptoms can include chronic bad breath, gums that appear puffy or swollen, red gums, gums that bleed easily especially when brushed or flossed, and teeth that look longer than usual or that seem to be loose. Our dentist will perform an examination to measure the spaces between your teeth and gums, or periodontal pockets. Deep periodontal pockets, which indicate the presence of gum disease, can be difficult to clean and can increase the risk of further damage, such as tooth or bone loss. Treatment recommendations will be based on the identified stage of gum disease.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. Dr. Ariz, our periodontist in Northridge, may recommend a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing if you are diagnosed with gingivitis. This procedure removes plaque and tartar buildup above and below the gumline, and tooth roots are smoothed to allow the gums to heal better and reattach to the tooth. Good dental hygiene after the procedure can keep further damage at bay and help you keep your smile healthy and free of gum disease.
A scaling and root planing may be performed along with other procedures for more advanced stages of gum disease as well. Antibiotics and antimicrobials may also be used to address the underlying bacterial infection and create a healthier oral environment. In some cases, surgery may be needed to reduce the size of the pockets or to restore lost gum and bone tissue. Good dental hygiene will keep your teeth and gums healthy during and after treatment.
If you have any symptoms of gum disease, we can help. Contact Dr. Ariz, our Northridge periodontist, today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
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