Drs. Terence Lau and Casey Lau offer periodontal treatments to help manage your gum disease. If you notice that your gums are red, swollen, or bleed easily, we invite you to contact Mid-Valley Dental Care. Our dentists will evaluate your mouth to determine if you have gum disease, and we will work with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan. Please call us at 818-886-3500 to make your appointment and learn more about how we can treat gum disease in Northridge, California.
Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the health of your gums and the treatment of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a progressive gum infection caused by the buildup of bacteria below the gum line.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
• Red, swollen, irritated gums
• Gums that bleed easily
• Gum recession
• Pockets that forms around the roots of the teeth
• Loose teeth
• Tooth loss
• Painful chewing
• Persistent bad breath
Periodontal disease occurs in two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It is characterized by irritated and inflamed gums. Gingivitis is reversible if treated promptly with a deep cleaning procedure or antibacterial treatment. If not addressed, though, it can progress to periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease. It is characterized by gum recession, bone loss, and tooth loss—in fact, it is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults in the US. Periodontitis is not reversible, but can be controlled with periodontal care.
Periodontal disease can usually be prevented with routine oral hygiene habits. However, if you notice a change in your gum health, please visit our office as soon as possible.
Other common periodontal treatments include:
• Crown lengthening
• Gum grafting
• Laser treatment
• Plastic gum surgery
• Pocket reduction
• Scaling & root planing
Periodontics can improve the appearance as well as the health of your smile by repositioning or reshaping the gum tissue. To learn more about periodontics and schedule your appointment, contact our office today.