Periodontal Care

We often gauge the health of our smile based on the appearance of our teeth. But did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in this country? To keep your teeth healthy, our office offers multiple forms of periodontal care. “Periodontal” refers to the supportive structures of the teeth. If you have suffered gum tissue recession, sore gums, or other signs of gum disease, our doctors can restore oral health by providing periodontal care.

Stages of Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is surprisingly common. Around half of adults in this country have some stage of gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding while flossing or brushing
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath

Gum disease is generally classified into three stages: gingivitis, early periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is characterized by swollen and tender gums that are prone to bleeding. At this stage, gum recession and other irreversible complications have not occurred. Patients who undergo professional cleanings at our dental practice can reverse the symptoms of gingivitis.

Left untreated, gingivitis will advance to the early stages of periodontitis. This form of gum disease causes the gums to begin to pull away from the teeth, exposing portions of the teeth that would normally be protected by gum tissue. Early stages of periodontitis are characterized by the formation of pockets of infection beneath the gum line.

Advanced periodontitis is a serious oral health problem. By this stage, the gum tissue has begun to recede, and the teeth are at risk of becoming loose or falling out. Patients with advanced periodontitis may require gum surgery to reach the deep pockets of infection.

Treatment Options for Gum Disease

Gingivitis can be treated through professional dental cleanings at our office. One of our oral hygienists will use a special metal tool or our Cavitron to remove deposits of tartar along the base of your teeth. Depending on your situation, one of our doctors may recommend multiple dental cleanings within the span of a few months or until your symptoms subside. Patients have an important role to play by maintaining good oral hygiene habits.

Patients with periodontitis may require a deep cleaning. The non-surgical approach removes plaque along the teeth. A special technique called root planing smooths the surface of tooth roots and allows the surrounding soft tissue to reattach to your teeth following the treatment. Topical antibiotics may be used.

If the gum disease is very advanced, oral surgery may be needed. To reach deep pockets of infection, an incision or multiple incisions are made in the gums. Once the pockets of infections are reached, the infected areas can be treated, and the bone can be smoothed to promote healing.

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Gums

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to our office for cleanings can help you stay ahead of gum disease. We recommend that patients brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Brushing with a soft-bristled brush for two minutes is recommended. Remember to not use a hard-bristled brush, which can actually damage your gums!

Deep Cleanings

You are probably familiar with dental cleanings. The routine treatments remove plaque and tartar from the base of teeth as a means of treating and preventing gum disease. For most of our patients, twice-a-year dental cleanings are sufficient for preventing gum disease. In some cases, a more comprehensive restorative treatment called a deep cleaning may be needed to restore oral health.

At Ocean View Dental Care, our dental hygienist can perform the straightforward, non-surgical procedure to restore health to your smile. Following the treatment, you can enjoy the cosmetic benefits of pink, healthy gums. Should you need advanced periodontal care, our office has a Board-certified periodontist, Dr. Pichak Kelk, on staff.

What are the benefits of Deep Cleanings?

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, deep cleanings are a minimally invasive and cost-effective treatment for advanced gum disease. At Ocean View Dental Care, we always strive to use conservative treatments whenever possible. The most important benefit of deep cleanings is the reversal of the symptoms of gum disease. Following the straightforward treatment, most patients will experience a significant reduction or the elimination of gum disease.

This procedure can prevent serious dental problems like exposed tooth roots, cavities, gum tissue recession, and tooth loss. According to the National Institutes of Health, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in this country.

After undergoing this safe and effective restorative procedure, patients can benefit from:

  • The elimination of bad breath
  • A lower risk of tooth loss
  • Reduced oral pain
  • The prevention of tooth decay
  • Longterm cost-savings
  • A more attractive smile

Deep cleanings can also deliver cosmetic benefits. Gum disease causes gum tissue to swell and occasionally bleed. Healthy gums allow for a more cosmetically pleasing gum line.

Deep cleanings can also deliver cosmetic benefits. Gum disease causes gum tissue to swell and occasionally bleed. Healthy gums allow for a more cosmetically pleasing gum line.

Am I a candidate for a Deep Cleaning?

During your regular visit for dental cleanings and exams, one of our doctors will evaluate you for symptoms of advanced periodontitis. Advanced gum disease creates deep pockets of infection near your teeth. Gum tissue recession and other symptoms will also be looked for. If your infection has advanced to the point where a deep cleaning would not be effective, we will recommend periodontal surgery to restore oral health. Dr. Kelk can provide gum tissue surgery, which will be performed using local anesthesia and sedation.

Find out More Today

If you are interested in finding out if you are an appropriate candidate for a deep cleaning, contact us online or call (949) 388-0780 today to set up your consultation.

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San Clemente, CA 92673

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