Gum Disease Treatment in Long Beach
Your gums are a vital part of your smile, but it's all too easy to miss the signs of gum disease until your health is in serious condition. At Village Dental Center Bldg., we have extensive experience in treating conditions that damage your gums so that you can enjoy a healthy smile.
Our dental team is committed to providing you with the effective and compassionate care you deserve. We'll work with you to find a treatment plan that's right for you without judgment, no matter your oral health situation. Contact us today to schedule your visit and get on track to restored dental health!
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What Is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease or periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue that supports and surrounds your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gum tissue. Although gingivitis is easily treatable on its own, it can quickly advance to periodontitis if not cared for properly. At Village Dental Center Bldg., we focus on catching the periodontal disease early through regular dental checkups and good patient education.
Common Signs of Periodontal Disease
Several factors can contribute to the development of gum disease, including age, genetics, pregnancy, tobacco use, and even diabetes. Early signs of gum disease can be subtle and hard to notice, but some common symptoms include:
- Red, puffy, swollen gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath even after brushing or flossing
- Receding gum line
- Sensitivity to cold or hot foods and drinks
- Gum abscesses
- Loose teeth
Treatments for Gum Disease
There are a variety of effective treatments for gum disease depending on the stage of infection, your overall health, and how you've responded to earlier treatments. At Village Dental Center Bldg., we offer various non-surgical therapies that help control bacterial growth and protect your gums. Our treatment options include:
Professional Cleanings: During regular checkups, our dentist or dental hygienist will examine if you have any plaque or tartar buildup. Tartar often builds up and hardens on the tooth surface, and only professional cleaning can help remove them. If you have any signs of gum disease, our dentist will recommend professional dental cleaning at least twice a year. Although dental cleanings are not a treatment for severe gum disease, they are an important preventive measure that helps you stave off its development. Additionally, our hygienist will irrigate your gums with an antibiotic solution for bacterial removal.
Scaling and Root Planing: Our scaling and root planing procedure, also known as deep cleaning, is a non-surgical procedure that our dentist performs under a local anesthetic. In the process, plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line are carefully scraped away (scaling), and any rough spots on your tooth root are smoothed out (planing). Smoothing the enamel eliminates bacteria and provides a cleaner surface for your gums to reattach to your teeth. Our dentist often recommends scaling and root planing if we determine that you have plaque and tartar under your gums or signs of pockets forming.
Fluoride Varnish Treatment: Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps build strong teeth and prevent cavities. It has been an essential oral health treatment solution for decades. Overall, fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and eliminates the bacteria that harm teeth and gums. We offer fluoride varnish to reduce the risk of developing dental cavities.
MI Paste® for Descaling and Sensitivity: MI Paste & MI Paste Plus are treatments that contain the active ingredient known as RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP). This milk-derived protein has a unique ability to deliver bio-available calcium and phosphate (fluoride in MI Paste Plus) to teeth surfaces. Our dentist offers MI Paste treatment to help you maintain a healthy smile and keep periodontal disease at bay. Our MI Paste and MI Paste Plus products are safe and easy to use both in-office and at-home. MI Paste eases tooth sensitivity and doesn't irritate dry mouths. We often recommend this treatment to help minimize tooth sensitivity before and after deep cleaning and teeth whitening.
Experienced Periodontal Treatments in Long Beach
At Village Dental Center Bldg., we provide effective gum disease treatments to help you restore the health, function, and aesthetics of your smile. By detecting signs of gum disease early, we can treat it with deep cleanings and proper oral hygiene. Our goal is to help save your natural teeth with efficient periodontal procedures. Call our dental office today and begin to experience long-lasting oral health.
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