Periodontics in Irvine, CA
The condition of the gums is a key part of oral health, as untreated gum disease can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss. Dr. Levine offers periodontal services to keep the gums clean, healthy, and free of disease. This includes regular professional cleanings, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning techniques used on patients with gum disease), and more advanced procedures for treating severe gum disease, as well as periodontal maintenance cleanings following gum treatment.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are usually the first line of defense against mild gum disease. This is also called a deep cleaning, or periodontal therapy, to remove plaque and tartar deposits from the surfaces of the teeth, including the roots. The removal of bacteria helps the gum tissue heal.
After scaling and root planing, antibiotics or other medications may be prescribed to help control the gum infection and pain, and to aid in healing. The medications may be taken in a pill or mouthrinse, or may be directly placed in the pocket after the deep cleaning.
If the gums have significantly recessed, exposing the roots of the teeth, a gum graft can help. There is a range of surgical techniques designed to reduce further gum recession, relieve discomfort, and help prevent future bone loss. It also improves the appearance of the smile.
After getting gum disease under control, more frequent checkups and cleanings may be necessary for a period of time to ensure that the gums stay healthy.
Periodontics Near Me in Irvine, CA
To learn more about Periodontics, please contact our office to request a free informational consultation with us today!