Gum Disease Treatment in Palos Verdes
Fighting gum disease with ultra-modern science
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. However, gum disease can negatively affect not just the health of your teeth, but of your body as well. Here at Total Smile Care in Rancho Palos Verdes, we use the most recent advances in dental technology to effectively treat gum disease. We combine ultrasonic scalers for deep cleaning and soft tissue diode laser treatment for full disinfection and fast and painless healing, as well as antibiotic therapy, as needed, to fight gum disease.
We also provide gum disease prevention counseling. Over the years, our advanced care has saved many of our patients from having to have painful gum surgery.
Testing for gum disease
In your dental exam Dr. Palani will perform an analysis of your gums’ “pocket depth”. Pockets that are too deep indicate a plaque build-up. Plaque is the main cause of cavities and gum disease.
Mild gum disease is called gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which places you in danger of losing your teeth and of developing medical complications like heart disease and diabetes.
Because it’s vital to treat gum disease very thoroughly, we’ve trained our hygienists in the most modern, most effective gum disease treatment techniques and technology.Back to the top
Our Gum Disease treatment procedure
Your treatment begins with a deep cleaning through the use of an ultrasonic scaler by one of our hygienists. Each of our hygienists has over a decade of experience. The ultrasonic scaler is high-tech device that uses sound waves to remove calculus and plaque. The ultrasonic scaler is usually more gentle and effective than conventional hand scalers. That’s because ultrasonic scalers can treat below the gum line to the base of the pocket.
We combine ultrasonics with our soft-tissue diode laser to fully disinfect you gums. The laser’s tiny beam is painless and aimed between the gum tissue and teeth to both kill and remove bacteria.
Dr. Palani may also recommend time-released antibiotics that are placed in the infected pockets below your gum line. Upon completing your treatment, you will be trained on the best ways to keep gum disease from returning.
What is gum disease?
When your gums are healthy they are pink, tight and don’t bleed when gently probed. And, very importantly, there’ very little space between the teeth and gums for any bacteria to build up. Since gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth, the bacteria now have somewhere to hide. If the bacteria aren’t removed you’ll develop gingivitis.
At this point your gums can start to bleed and may become swollen and red. The space between the teeth and gums will also become bigger. As the space where the bacteria are deepens, the bacteria become more aggressive. This leads to periodontal disease, a loss of the bone that supports the teeth. And is the major cause of tooth loss.Back to the top
Symptoms of gum disease
Normal gums are pinkish, firm and do not bleed when you floss or brush your teeth.
Warning signs of gum disease are:
- Tender or painful gums
- Swollen gums
- Dusky red gums
- Loose or separating permanent teeth
- Gums bleeding after flossing or brushing
- Persistent bad taste or bad breath
Regular flossing and brushing, combined with a healthy lifestyle plus routine checkups and cleanings, are the most effective ways to avoid gum disease. A deep cleaning may also be recommended by Dr. Palani, depending upon your situation.Back to the top
Risk factors for gum disease
To greatly reduce your risk of getting gum disease, follow our hygienists’ instructions for good oral care.
A variety of conditions can induce gum disease. Risk factors for gum disease include:
- A weakened immune system
- Some medications
- Some viral and fungal infections
- Older age
- Hormonal changes