Gum Surgery Northridge
Periodontal disease is a serious condition that requires prompt attention. In the early stages of periodontal disease, conservative treatments are often highly effective at controlling the infection and stopping the progression of the disease. In later stages, surgery may be necessary. Our Northridge office offers gum surgery for periodontal disease, as well as cosmetic gum treatments.
According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. It can affect one tooth or all the teeth in an arch, and can cause swelling, redness, inflammation, swelling, and bone loss. Periodontitis is caused by oral bacteria, which live in plaque. If the plaque is not properly removed, it irritates the gum tissues near the tooth. This is an early stage of gum disease called gingivitis. If dental hygiene is not improved and the plaque is not removed, the gingivitis will worsen, and periodontal disease can develop. Our Northridge gum surgeon diagnoses and treats gum disease using a variety of treatment options.
A deep cleaning is usually recommended before any gum surgery. This procedure removes the plaque and tartar on your teeth and below the gum line so that your teeth are completely clean. It helps your gums heal. After the cleaning, one or several surgical procedures may be recommended.
Available gum surgeries include:
• Pocket reduction surgery, which allows our gum surgeon to reduce the depth of the periodontal pockets
• Crown lengthening, which can expose more of the crown of the tooth and may have both restorative and cosmetic benefits
• Gum grafts, which restore lost gum tissue and protect exposed tooth roots
• Bone grafts, which augments bone tissue in areas of decreased density
• Dental implants, which replace lost teeth
Once you have undergone gum surgery, our gum surgeon will explain the best way to maintain your smile. This may include special dental hygiene techniques, prescription toothpaste, or mouthwash, and periodontal maintenance cleanings. Proper aftercare is essential and will promote healing and reduce the risk of complications. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Northridge.
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