Periodontal disease affects more than 47% of adults aged 30 and older. When left untreated, it increases the risk of gum recession and tooth loss. At Century Park Dental Care in the Century City area of Los Angeles, California, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, diagnose and treat periodontal disease to preserve patients’ smiles. Schedule an appointment with the online booking tool or call the office today.
Periodontal disease occurs due to an infection of your gum tissue. Though common, without early intervention and treatment it can destroy the alveolar bone that supports your teeth.
There are several types of gum disease, but the team at Century Park Dental Care focuses on two in particular:
Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that occurs due to plaque buildup. Plaque is a thin film composed of bacteria, food particles, and saliva. As more plaque collects beneath your gum line, it causes them to become swollen, red, and irritated. When caught early, it’s possible to reverse and treat.
Periodontitis occurs if gingivitis is left untreated. Periodontitis is more serious and causes your gums to recede and pull away from your teeth. As your gums recede, pockets form, allowing harmful bacteria to collect. Over time, this can result in loose teeth and ultimately, tooth loss.
Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
If you have periodontal disease, you might also notice that your gums no longer fit snugly around your teeth.
The team at Century Park Dental Care diagnoses periodontal disease by reviewing your dental health history and conducting a comprehensive oral exam.
During your exam, the team uses a small ruler to probe your teeth and check for inflammation. Normal, healthy gums have a depth of between 1-3 millimeters.
After probing your teeth, the team takes X-rays to assess the health of your tooth roots and alveolar bone. If Century Park Dental Care determines that you’re at risk, they develop a custom treatment plan during the same appointment.
Treatment of periodontal disease depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. Whenever possible, Century Park Dental Care uses conservative, noninvasive measures.
Some of the most common treatments for periodontal disease include:
If you have a severe case of periodontal disease, the team might recommend a bone or soft-tissue graft.
Don’t wait to receive treatment for periodontal disease. Schedule an appointment at Century Park Dental Care by phone or online today.