Periodontal Cleaning and Maintenance
Many people recognize that periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is one of the most common and serious chronic dental health issues. However, it’s also highly preventable and equally treatable, even when it has already reached its advanced stages. When left untreated, periodontal disease can erode enough of your gum tissues and jawbone structure to lead to significant tooth loss. Fortunately, we offer an array of custom periodontal care and maintenance procedures at our North Hollywood, CA, dentist’s office to help you get your periodontal health back under control before that happens. Or, we can help your smile fully recover if it already has.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
The first stage of periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, occurs when excessive oral bacteria gather along your gum line. This accumulation of microbes leads to inflammation and infection that can quickly lead to more serious periodontal disease, as well as other symptoms such as:
- Bleeding gums when you brush and floss
- Increasingly bad breath
- Sensitive gums and teeth
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
- And more
In addition to these symptoms, the inflammation related to periodontal disease can also lead to increased risks of inflammatory systemic conditions. This can include chronic cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and in some cases, dementia.
Custom Treatment Options
If you experience any of the above symptoms, or if your dentist notices more discreet signs of periodontal disease during your routine exam, then you can save your smile with personalized periodontal treatment. Periodontal cleaning, or scaling and root planing, can remove the oral bacteria from underneath your gums, allowing the tissues to heal and alleviating the symptoms of gingivitis. In more severe cases, restoring your smile may require gum grafting to reestablish a healthy amount of periodontal tissues, or bone grafting to fortify weakened jawbone structure. If you’ve lost one or more teeth because of your condition, then your treatment might also include an appropriate number of lifelike dental implants to replace them.
Convenient Maintenance for Good Periodontal Health
Periodontal disease is one of the greatest threats to your oral health, but with expert care and maintenance, you can more easily prevent or defeat it. To learn more, schedule a consultation with your North Hollywood, CA, dentist by calling Modern Smiles today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.