Skilled Treatment for Periodontal Disease in La Mirada
Are your gums red and tender? Do they bleed during regular brushing and flossing? If so, you’re likely experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease. At Olive Tree Dental, Dr. Greg I. Navarrete and our team combine experience and compassion to provide quality care for treating gum disease.
Our periodontal treatments include proven techniques and advanced technology to ensure safe, reliable, and predictable care. We are here to help keep your gums healthy so you can smile comfortably and confidently for many years to come.
We proudly serve individuals and families in La Mirada and the surrounding communities. Don’t hesitate to seek treatment if you suspect gum disease! Contact Olive Tree Dental to schedule an evaluation today!
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What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is an infection that attacks the gums. Bacteria found in dental plaque irritates tissue as it accumulates above and below the gumline. This buildup can eventually lead to serious oral health concerns, such as receding gums or tooth and bone loss.
In advanced stages, the bacteria associated with gum disease can reach other body areas through the bloodstream. This, in turn, can contribute to a higher risk of complications with diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and even pregnancy.
How Will I Know if I Have Gum Disease?
In its earliest stages, periodontal disease is subtle. It is not uncommon to have minor symptoms, often unnoticeable. There are some common signs of the disease, each becoming more obvious as it progresses. They include:
- Swollen and tender gums
- Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Red, dark-colored gums
- Pain when chewing
- Halitosis and a bad taste in the mouth
- Receding gums
What Causes Gum Disease?
While the most common cause of periodontal disease is poor oral hygiene, many factors can contribute to the progression of the condition. These include genetics, side effects of medication use, and stress. Knowing the risks and being aware of causes can help you protect gums for longer.
Other factors that can influence gum disease include:
- Acidic and sugary foods
- Tobacco use and smoking
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Illnesses, such as diabetes
- Hormone changes
What Should I Do if I Think I Have Periodontal Disease?
The most important thing you can do is to visit our dentist. Dr. Navarrete will evaluate your gums and teeth thoroughly. He will discuss your situation and treatment options. If you have pain, discomfort, or other symptoms, make an appointment to see our dentist as soon as possible.
How is Gum Disease Diagnosed?
Our dentist performs thorough exams to check for signs of gum disease. This includes inspecting areas where your gums are irritated, red, or appear to be pulling away from your teeth. We evaluate and measure any gaps or spaces around your teeth. Dr. Navarrete uses special tools to gently determine the depth of these gaps, or pockets.
The depths of the pockets can help identify whether you have gum disease and if it is advancing. From there, our team works closely with you to create a plan for quick and effective treatment.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Your treatment will depend on the condition of your gums and the level of infection. Our dentist determines the best course of action for early and advanced stages.
Treating the Early Stages of Gum Disease
The earliest stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. It is also the easiest to treat with professional dental cleanings. Bi-annual dental visits and exams are vital for preventing the condition. During cleanings, our dentist removes plaque and tartar on your teeth and below the gumline. This also includes removing bacteria and food debris from areas that are hard to reach with routine brushing and flossing.
Cleaning away these irritants helps reduce inflammation, promoting optimal gum health once more. You will also need to do your part in prevention by practicing good oral hygiene every day and limiting risk factors such as smoking, alcohol, and unhealthy eating habits.
Treatments for Advanced Stages
In its advanced and more severe stages, gum disease evolves into periodontitis. This is the most dangerous level and can result in gum tissue deterioration, bone loss, and tooth loss. At Olive Tree Dental, we offer several ways to help restore health to your smile by reducing infection.
Advanced treatments include:
Laser treatment – Our dentist applies dental laser technology to reduce pocket depth and size safely and comfortably. Periodontal care with lasers helps make procedures more precise and straightforward. They can often promote quicker healing time.
Bone & tissue grafting – Sometimes, advanced gum disease can result in bone and tissue loss. Bone grafting procedures add new material to your jaw to restore strength and improve mass. With a tissue graft, we can correct gum recession and stimulate tissue growth.
Pocket reduction surgery – Dr. Navarrete may perform gum flap surgery to reduce pocket depth and close the spaces between teeth and gums. This procedure can help prevent further bacteria growth under the gumline and potential tooth loss.
Gum Disease Maintenance
Your gums need time to heal after treatment for removing the infection. Unfortunately, once the disease develops past gingivitis, relapse is more likely. That’s why we provide continued maintenance with professional cleanings and exams to protect your smile for life. Depending on your situation, our dentist may recommend visiting us for maintenance care as often as every three months.
Your Oral Health is in Good Hands
The best way to keep your gums and smile healthy is to visit us regularly. At Olive Tree Dental, Dr. Greg I. Navarrete and our team proudly offer trusted treatment for periodontal disease in La Mirada. We are here to help keep you looking and feeling your best with gums that are free of disease! Contact us to schedule your visit today!
CALL US: (562) 947-9647 REQUEST APPOINTMENT