Experience healthy gums with expert periodontal care in Garden Grove!
Did you know that 35 percent of adults in the United States have some varying degree of gum disease? The periodontists as Allstar Dental are prepared to help you ease the pain and frustration of gum disease.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that people, and dentists alike, tend to notice first. Gums begin to swell, become red, and bleed easily — this stage of gum disease is typically painless with very little discomfort.
Gingivitis is caused by poor dental care and can be treated and prevented with better at-home oral hygiene care through regular brushing, flossing, and lifestyle changes.
Factors that can progress gum disease include:
- Poor nutrition
- Fluctuating hormones
- Heavy drinking
- Heavy medication use
Untreated gingivitis can advance to a severe form of gum disease called periodontitis.
Arestin is an antibiotic treatment that dentists use in the periodontal pockets after performing an SRP (scaling and root planing) procedure.
It sounds like the dentist would be extending a crown or a tooth, but in reality, this is the name for restructuring and contouring the gum line. It’s useful when there isn’t enough tooth to affix a crown or fixing a tooth broken beneath the gum line.
Put your tongue in between the front of your teeth and your front lip — are you able to feel that taught flap of skin perpendicular to your teeth that connects your gums and upper lip? That’s called a frenulum! You also have a frenulum under your tongue and between your lower lip and bottom gum. An abnormal frenulum can cause issues with speech and dentofacial development, but no worries! A frenectomy is a common procedure and takes less than 15 minutes to correct in our Garden Grove dental office!
Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
Everyone deserves a beautiful smile! We can sculpt your gum line to shorten or lengthen it where needed. Additionally, periodontal grafts reduce the chance of developing gum disease in pockets around your teeth.
Periodontitis is a disease that progresses silently and relatively painlessly. It’s a good idea to visit the dentist regularly so that a professional can be on the lookout for warning signs that only present themselves to a trained eye.
Over time, combined with poor dental care habits, plaque spreads below the gum line where toxins and bacteria can irritate the gum tissue, resulting in triggering an inflammatory response.
The gums can then separate from the teeth and form pockets that may produce an infection, eventually causing loose teeth and impacting the structure, where the teeth will need to be removed.