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Periodontist Los AngelesPeriodontal disease is a serious chronic infection that affects millions of Americans, and unfortunately, many of them are unaware of it. It can affect a single tooth or many teeth, and left untreated, it can lead to tooth and bone loss. If you have symptoms of periodontal disease, our Los Angeles periodontist can help.

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

•    Red or discolored gums
•    Swollen gums
•    Receding gums
•    Increased tooth sensitivity
•    Gums that bleed when brushed or flossed
•    Chronic bad breath
•    A bad taste in the mouth
•    Pockets caused by gums pulling away from teeth

If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, our periodontist in Los Angeles may make several recommendations. Your treatment plan will vary based on the extent of the infection and the number of teeth that are affected. In the earliest stages of gum disease, the condition is not just treatable but even reversible. A deep cleaning procedure called a scaling and root planing, or SRP, may be recommended to eliminate the plaque and tartar buildup that are contributing to the infection.

Periodontist Los Angeles

More advanced stages of gum disease may need more extensive treatment. Nonsurgical treatments may include laser therapy, antibiotics, antimicrobials and SRP. Surgical treatments can also be necessary in some cases. If extensive tissue loss has occurred, our Los Angeles periodontist may recommend bone or gum grafts to stabilize your dental health. If you have lost one or more teeth due to gum disease, we may recommend that you replace them with dental implants, which are considered the healthiest available tooth replacement options. Other tooth restoration options include dental bridges or dentures. Regardless of treatment recommendations, good dental hygiene will promote healing. Brush at least twice a day and floss every day for the best results.

Periodontal disease affects not only your dental health but can also have serious repercussions on your general health. Researchers have identified a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, dementia, pregnancy complications, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and respiratory infections. Diagnosing it early and treating it may help reduce your risk.

Contact our periodontist in Los Angeles today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

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