Periodontics Van Nuys

Periodontics Van NuysPeriodontal disease is extremely common in American adults and ranges from gum inflammation to severe damage in the support structures of the teeth. If you have gum disease, you are not alone, but proper treatment can make a big difference in your recovery. Our Van Nuys periodontics expert offers treatments that can eliminate infection and restore gum health.

As with many other dental problems, periodontal disease is caused by oral bacteria. These bacteria combine with debris from food and saliva to form plaque, a sticky biofilm, on your teeth. They release acids that erode enamel and irritate gum tissues. Irritated gums may look red and swollen, and they often bleed easily, especially when you are brushing or flossing. This stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it can usually be addressed with a thorough cleaning by our Van Nuys periodontist and better at-home hygiene.

Van Nuys Periodontics

Later stages, which includes periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, occur when the gums pull away and form pockets around the teeth, which allows the infection to spread below the gum line. This results in the breakdown of bone and connective tissue, which can lead to tooth and bone loss. At this point, our expert in periodontics in Van Nuys may recommend more aggressive treatments, which can include:

• Scaling and root planing
• Laser treatments
• Crown lengthening
• Pocket reduction surgery
• Gum graft surgery
• Guided tissue regeneration
• Bone grafts
• Dental implants

Any treatment plan should be accompanied by appropriate at-home care. Proper dental hygiene is critical because it helps control plaque and bacteria. You may need to quit smoking or reduce alcohol use, and you may also need to adjust your diet to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need for gum health.

Catching gum disease early is one of the best ways to prevent long-term damage associated with the disease. You may need further evaluation by our periodontist in Van Nuys if you have bleeding gums, swollen or inflamed gums, gums that seem to be shrinking or pulling away from teeth, chronic bad breath, pain when chewing, sensitivity, or loose teeth. Call us to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in gum surgery in Van Nuys.

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