Periodontist Los Angeles
Good oral health includes not only your teeth, but also your gums and the bones that support them. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among U.S. adults. The mildest form of periodontal disease, gingivitis, can be reversed with professional treatment and appropriate home oral care.
If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a chronic inflammatory condition in which the gums separate from the teeth. Periodontitis can lead to gum and bone loss and, eventually, tooth loss.
Let the professionals at A New Smile Dental Group work with you to help you prevent periodontal disease. For those experiencing periodontal disease symptoms, our staff offers a wide variety of options.
Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth due to periodontal disease, injury, or other conditions. The most common type of dental implant uses a surgical post inserted in the jawbone to hold an artificial tooth or teeth (called crowns) in place.
In cases where significant bone loss has occurred, a metal framework may be placed on top of the bone, protruding through the gum to hold the dental appliance in place. Dental implants may be used to hold bridges in place, replace single teeth, replace multiple teeth, hold a permanent denture, or make removable dentures more comfortable to wear.
These implants last a long time, and the surgery required to place the implant often requires only local anesthesia. They have the advantage of helping to preserve the remaining bone tissue. As with natural teeth, it’s extremely important to keep up a good oral hygiene regimen following dental implant replacements, including thorough at-home care and timely professional cleanings.
Periodontal disease, poor oral hygiene, the use of oral tobacco products, and even brushing too aggressively can lead to the gums receding from the teeth. Symptoms of this condition include exposed roots, bleeding gums, inflammation, bad breath, and sensitivity.
Periodontists now offer a variety of options for gum regeneration. Talk to your dentist about options that may work for you. Your oral care professionals will also explain how regular brushing and flossing help you maintain gum health.
Dental crown lengthening reshapes gum and bone tissue around one tooth, multiple teeth, or even your entire smile. Crown lengthening may be necessary to make repairs possible to teeth that are decayed or broken below the gum line, or when tooth structure is insufficient to support a crown or a bridge.
This procedure may be considered for cosmetic reasons in cases in which teeth appear relatively short and the gums appear long. Your periodontal professional may recommend crown lengthening for a more natural-looking smile.
Osseous surgery is a procedure your periodontist may recommend if you have a deep pocket around a tooth and the condition has not responded to other treatment. The procedure requires local anesthesia, and involves thoroughly cleaning around the affected tooth or teeth, then smoothing and shaping the gum and bone surfaces to create a shallower pocket. This helps prevent food from becoming trapped, makes at-home oral care easier, and may help prevent the tooth being lost.
Call A New Smile Dental today for the top periodontist in Los Angeles, Santa Clarita and San Fernando. Three locations for convenience!