Periodontics Treatment

Periodontics Treatment Bixby Knolls, CA

Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is a very common, highly treatable disease of the gums. Your dental team at Dentist of Bixby Knolls knows that treatment for periodontal disease is unique for each patient. Our team wants to help you choose the best treatment for the health of your gums and teeth.

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How is Periodontal Disease Diagnosed?

Periodontal disease severity ranges from mild to severe. The severity of the disease determines the necessary scope and types of treatment needed. Keep in mind that it is possible to have varying levels of the disease at the same time in different areas of the mouth.

Your Dentist of Bixby Knolls team performs a thorough and detailed examination of your teeth and gums to determine the locations and severity of periodontal disease. This examination will include measuring the depth of the pockets in your gums around your teeth, checking your bite to see how well your teeth fit together. The information from this exam helps your dental team determine which stage of periodontal disease you may have, as well as which treatments will be necessary.

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How is Periodontal Disease Treated?

Periodontal disease affects teeth and gums. It can become so severe that teeth become loose or even fall out. It is important to have your periodontal disease treatment begin as soon as possible. There are many methods for treatment that vary based on the severity of the disease.

At-Home Treatments

If you have a mild case of periodontal disease your dentist may be able to provide you with at-home treatments that include special toothpastes, mouthwash, toothbrushes, and medication delivered with prescription treatment trays.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Some cases of periodontal disease can be treated non-surgically. This may include a deep cleaning of your teeth with scaling a root planing. These procedures clean the surfaces of your teeth by removing plaque, and also smooth out any rough surfaces or edges that bacteria tend to cling to. This helps prevent bacteria from multiplying on teeth and allows gums a chance to grow back and regain their health.

Your dentist may also use medications like dental gels to help clean teeth and treat the inflammation and swelling of gums.

Surgical Treatments

Severe cases of periodontal disease may require dental surgery. Surgical options may be used to repair damage to the gums, remove teeth, clean bacteria below the gum line, reshape the bones holding teeth, or prevent future damage to gums and jaw bones. If you are a candidate for periodontal surgery your dentist will discuss the treatment options with you, including sedation and pain management techniques.

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Is Periodontal Treatment Painful?

Your Dentist of Bixby Knolls team works hard to keep you safe and comfortable. Before any procedure you can talk to your dentist about how pain or discomfort will be managed. General exams will cause little to no pain or discomfort and all procedures are performed using the appropriate anesthesia methods to eliminate pain.

How Much Will Periodontal Treatment Cost?

Every patient is unique. After your dental exam your dentist can speak with you about the necessary treatment options and associated costs. Typically, more severe periodontal disease will have more treatment costs and a longer treatment time. Our dental team is always happy to discuss treatment options with you to find the best plan for your oral health and finances.

Periodontal disease is serious! To avoid permanent damage like tooth loss, don’t wait to begin your periodontal treatment.

Get Healthier Gums Today!

Call Dentist of Bixby Knolls at (562) 287-5175 to schedule a periodontal exam today.