Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. For Kaveh Kanani, DDS, at Around the Corner Dental Health Spa in Tarzana, California, prevention is key when it comes to gum disease. He is an advocate for early intervention at the first sign of bleeding gums, even if you’re not experiencing pain. To learn more, call Around the Corner Dental Health Spa or schedule an appointment online today.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums caused by a buildup of plaque — a sticky film of bacteria. When left untreated, this infection can spread through your gums and jawbone, destroying your tooth-supporting structures. It can lead to swollen gums, bleeding gums, and even tooth loss in some cases.
If you think you have gum disease, watch out for these warning signs:
Some people with gum disease have no symptoms at all, so it’s important to visit Dr. Kanani for your bi-annual dental exams.
The two main types of gum disease that Dr. Kanani treats are:
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, characterized by gum inflammation. During this stage, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and feel tender, but your teeth are still firmly in place. Fortunately, Dr. Kanani can treat gingivitis with routine dental cleanings. He may also recommend reviewing your oral hygiene habits at home. Brushing and flossing twice a day and using a mouth rinse that contains fluoride can significantly reduce the effects of gingivitis.
Unlike gingivitis, periodontitis is not reversible and requires additional treatment. If you have periodontitis, you may have deep pockets of bacteria trapped underneath your gums. This trapped bacteria eventually releases toxins that can destroy your tooth-supporting structures.
Around the Corner Dental Health Spa offers a variety of gum disease treatments, including:
If your gum disease has advanced beyond gingivitis, Dr. Kanani uses a special tool to measure the pockets underneath your gums. He performs a nonsurgical procedure called scaling and root planing to clean out the pockets, thoroughly disinfect them, and reattach the gum line into its proper position.
Dr. Kanani uses Waterlase laser technology to remove damaged and diseased gum tissue. When compared to traditional surgical techniques, laser gum treatments are virtually pain-free. They also offer shorter recovery times and less blood after your procedure. Dr. Kanani can even use the Waterlase laser to contour your gum line after treatment, especially if you have receding gums.
PerioProtect is a noninvasive gum disease treatment that reaches deep within your pockets of plaque and bacteria to eliminate them and prevent them from returning. This system uses custom-made trays with special medication to keep your gums healthy and bacteria-free. With proper care, PerioProtect can help you regain lost gum tissue and restore attachment loss.
Around the Corner Dental Health Spa offers a variety of gum disease treatments to eliminate this potentially dangerous infection. Call the office or book online to schedule an appointment today.