Periodontal Therapy – Torrance, CA
Reducing the Impact of Gum Disease
At Torrance Dentistry, Dr. Steve Yabuno has worked hard to build a stellar dental team that includes two highly-experienced periodontists who can provide the specialty services patients need in one, convenient dental office location. Whether you’re struggling with periodontal disease or ready to start replacing missing teeth with dental implants, Dr. Calvin Dang and Dr. Violetta Kenigsberg are here to help with focused, patient-oriented care. Contact our Torrance, CA location today to schedule your first appointment, or if you have any questions for our team. We welcome new smiles from the surrounding areas to visit us for periodontal therapy in Torrance, CA.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums caused by an overpopulation of harmful oral bacteria. Every time you snack on foods with sugars and carbohydrates, they mix with your saliva and form a sticky plaque that feeds bacteria. This allows them to produce waste in the form of enamel-eroding acid and toxins that can infect your oral tissues and cause your gums to become irritated, swollen, and bleed when you brush and floss.
Plaque accumulates every day, and if it isn’t regularly removed by brushing and flossing, it will harden into a more damaging substance called tartar. Unfortunately, this film can’t be easily removed with a toothbrush, which is why regular checkups and cleanings in Torrance are an absolute necessity. The tartar will begin to sever the connection between your gums and teeth, causing pockets of bacteria to form. At this advanced stage of gum disease, permanent damage can occur, such as tooth loss, which can have a lasting impact on your overall quality of life. Fortunately, Dr. Dang and Dr. Kenigsberg are specially trained to diagnose and treat this condition to keep that from happening.
Signs of Gum Disease
There are two stages of gum disease that you may have heard of: gingivitis and advanced periodontitis. At Torrance Dentistry, our goal is to provide routine checkups to spot the early signs of gingivitis, allowing us to develop a customized treatment plan and reverse the symptoms. When the issue is left to become more severe and develop further, more serious damage occurs. Here are some of the signs of gum disease, organized from the early to late stages:
- Inflamed, swollen, and red gums.
- Bleeding gums while brushing and flossing.
- Chronic bad breath.
- Pockets of bacteria and pus forming between teeth.
- Receding gums.
- Discomfort while chewing.
- Loose or shifting teeth.
- Permanent tooth loss.
If you experience any of these signs, it’s important that you contact our office right away. We’ll conduct a thorough examination of your gums and develop a detailed treatment plan.
Treating Gum Disease
Your periodontal therapy plan will depend on how severe your condition is. Our periodontists will do everything they can to ease any discomfort you’re experiencing and reduce the impact of the symptoms of gum disease. We offer several specialty periodontal services, which we’ve listed below.
Scaling & Root Planing
Periodontal disease is one of the most common infections, and cases that are left untreated can result in jawbone deterioration, tooth loss, and other severe consequences for patients. Thankfully, scaling and root planing is a potential treatment solution that can remove dangerous plaque in a thorough fashion from the mouth. This deep oral cleaning focuses on the areas beneath the gum line and the tooth root surfaces, which are common magnets for bacterial accumulation.
In combination to scaling and root planing, our periodontists are likely to recommend antibiotic therapy as a helpful supplement. Once applied to the gum pockets, these antibiotics can help soothe irritation, speed up the healing process, and eliminate bacteria that may have lingered after initial treatment efforts for a more successful result. Our goal here in Torrance is to leave your smile as healthy and infection-free as possible.
Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry Treatment
When periodontal disease has progressed to an advanced stage, heavily infected tissue will need to be removed from the mouth to facilitate healing. At Torrance Dentistry, our periodontists have traded in traditional scalers in favor of a state-of-the-art soft tissue laser, which can kill dangerous bacteria and eliminate tissue in an exceptionally precise and comfortable fashion. Better yet, patients are likely to experience less bleeding and a swifter recovery overall. In addition to periodontal treatment, soft tissue lasers can also be used for aesthetic gum recontouring and the removal of abnormal soft tissue growths.
When a significant amount of jawbone has been lost due to infection, our periodontists can help rebuild it in a safe and effective fashion. A bone graft may become necessary when the patient needs more healthy structure to support the placement of dental implants, to stop the destructive development of periodontal disease, or to create aesthetic improvements. Patients can rest assured that this process will be handled as comfortably as possible.