Periodontal Disease and Tooth Loss

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, and if you have red, sore, or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment with popular Century City Dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman who can determine the severity of your gum disease.

Gum disease affects your gum tissue and is an inflammation that could cause problems for your jawbone. If left untreated, gum disease could leave you with missing teeth.

Gingivitis

The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis is reversible as long as you take good care of your teeth. Dr. Dorfman may recommend dental scaling and root planing, to remove the tartar, biofilm, and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth.

Your Century City dentist will use an ultrasonic instrument, a manual hand instrument, or both. Scaling and planing is usually done in quadrants, but can be done in one visit.

Because your gums are diseased and sensitive, a local anesthetic may be administered during the dental scaling and root planing. If you practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular appointments with your dentist, your gums will return to their healthy state.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection around your teeth that includes the alveolar bone, the periodontal ligament, and of course, your gums. Recent studies indicate that there may be a connection between periodontal disease and:

  • Heart disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory Disease

People who suffer from diabetes may be more susceptible to gum disease. Doctors recommend that diabetics schedule dental appointments more often to keep gums in check.

If you have periodontal disease, Dr. Dorfman will perform a dental scaling and root planing on your teeth and gums. After a couple of weeks, you will return to your Century City Dentist. At that time, Dr. Dorfman may recommend periodontal surgery.

Bleeding, red, and sore gums should be taken care of as quickly as possible to avoid periodontal disease and eventual tooth loss.

Don’t wait until it is too late. Call or click and schedule a comprehensive dental checkup with the world’s most popular Century City Dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman.