Comprehensive Gum Disease Treatments in Los Angeles
Gum disease is an infection that occurs in the gums and can lead to serious health problems, even tooth loss. This disease affects many adult Americans at some point in their lives, and it's critical to treat it early. Robert S. Nishikawa, DDS, provides experienced, personalized dental care, including gum disease treatments in Los Angeles. We understand that gum disease can be frustrating and embarrassing for our patients, so we work hard to provide compassionate care and effective treatment.
In addition to using the latest technology and techniques, we also focus on patient education to help you can understand and manage your condition. Don't let gum disease bring your confidence down. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our team to receive comprehensive gum disease treatment in Los Angeles.
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How Do You Diagnose Gum Disease?
During dental exams, our dentist inspects areas where gums appear to be irritated, red, or pulling away from your teeth to detect indications of gum disease. We can measure any gaps or spaces between your teeth using special tools and can determine whether you have gum disease by assessing the depth of the pockets. Once identified, our team will work with you to develop a plan for quick and effective treatment.
Our Los Angeles Gum Disease Treatments
Due to the complexity of gum disease, Dr. Nishikawa takes a holistic approach that stresses prevention just as much as treatment. We take the time to learn about your concerns and provide treatments to restore comfort and function. We will examine your medical history in detail during the initial exam, including everything from genetics to medications you may be taking.
Once we've determined the extent of the infection, we tailor a personalized treatment plan. We can provide in-house care for mild to moderate cases. For severe cases of gum disease, we'll refer you to a trusted specialist who will do all they can to treat your gums and protect your smile.
Treating Gum Disease in the Early Stages
A professional dental cleaning can often provide the best treatment for gingivitis, the earliest phase of periodontal disease. Our dentist removes plaque and tartar from your teeth above and below the gum line during your bi-annual dental exams and cleanings. This will reduce inflammation, helping your gums return to optimal health. You should also practice good oral hygiene every day and limit risk factors such as smoking, drinking, and excessive sugar consumption.
Scaling and Root Planing: Our dentists meticulously remove tartar from the surfaces of teeth and below the gum line using special instruments. Once tartar has been removed, we will smooth out the surface of your tooth roots to help your gums reattach and prevent reinfection. This is a minimally invasive treatment that promotes gum health and strong dental foundations.
Regular Maintenance: If you've been diagnosed with moderate gum disease, additional cleanings and scaling and root planing procedures may be needed to sustain your dental health. We'll also offer nutritional advice and training on proper hygiene techniques to facilitate continual improvement. You can trust our team to work with you to maintain your gum health and keep your smile bright and beautiful.
Is Gum Disease Dangerous?
The inflammation of gum tissue results from your body's immune system reacting to toxins found in plaque. Periodontal disease can allow bacteria into the bloodstream, where it can spread throughout the body. Contrary to common health problems like a cold, gum disease does not disappear on its own. With our services, you can prevent the disease from progressing and keep it under control.
Dental Care After Gum Disease Treatment
Once the infection has been treated, your gums require time to heal. Unfortunately, relapse is more likely once the condition has advanced past gingivitis. If our dentist deems you to need maintenance care, he may recommend a maintenance cleaning every three months. Having more frequent cleanings makes it easier for us to keep infection from returning and worsening.
Comprehensive and Proactive Periodontal Treatment in Los Angeles
At the dental practice of Robert S. Nishikawa, DDS, we believe in a proactive, preventive approach that places your dental health first. If you notice you are having some issues with your gums, don't put off reaching out to us for help. We are here for all of your needs, whether you are concerned about your gums or are looking for solutions to more serious dental problems. Schedule your visit to get the care you need today.
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