Gum disease is a dangerous dental issue that should be taken seriously. This disease is quite complex. In fact, it has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. The signs of gingivitis include red, swollen and tender gums that bleed often as well as bad breath. The signs of periodontitis include receded gums, gum pockets, smile infection, loose teeth and lost teeth. This disease is caused by a buildup of plaque on the smile as well as the failure to remove that plaque often.
Gingivitis is easier to treat than periodontitis. This is because the plaque hasn’t severely damaged the smile yet. To treat gingivitis, all you need is a professional dental cleaning. Our dental team will remove the plaque from your smile and promote healing in the gums. Periodontitis is also treatable, even though it’s a little more complicated. The treatments are typically more extensive because the plaque has turned to tartar and the tartar has damaged a majority of the smile. Some treatments that can help include scaling and root planing, frequent dental cleanings, laser therapy, bone grafts, gum grafts and more. Your periodontist, Dr. Sam Markzar, might even need to extract the affected teeth and replace them with dental implants after the underlying bone has been restored.
To learn more about gum disease in Beverly Hills, California, please contact Beverly Hills Periodontal Arts and Implants today at (310) 776-9119. When you reach out to our periodontal team, we will be more than happy to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just by answering your questions. We look forward to your phone call!