Cerritos CA

Periodontics

PERIODONTICS IN CERRITOS, CA

At Dentist of Cerritos, we are passionate about the oral health of our patients. This is why we so strongly encourage gum health. Without gum health, your teeth can’t be healthy. This is where periodontics comes in.

WHAT IS PERIODONTICS?

Periodontics focuses on keeping gums healthy and strong so the teeth can be fully supported. Unfortunately, gums can get sick, and when this happens, it’s called periodontal disease (aka gum disease). Gum disease can be very serious, because when it progresses, it can lead to permanent tooth loss.

WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?

When we eat, the bacteria in our mouth can get busy. This enables the formation of plaque, which turns into tartar, which further feeds bacteria. As the bacteria get out of control, they secrete acids that can eat away at tooth enamel, bone, and gum tissue. Gums become inflamed and recede from the teeth, which can eventually lead to the tooth root being exposed. As the teeth weaken and the gums fail, tooth loss can result.

DO I NEED PERIODONTICS?

Even if you still have all your teeth and don’t see signs of obvious periodontal disease, you may still have it in its beginning stages, which is called gingivitis or gum inflammation. The signs to look for include:

  • Bleeding, tender gums, especially after flossing or brushing
  • Chronic bad breath that is not explained by another health condition
  • Wobbly or loose teeth
  • Receding gum line and longer-looking teeth
  • Abscesses or pockets in the gums
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HOW IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE TREATED?

The main way to treat periodontal disease, especially at the beginning, is through deep dental cleaning and regular periodontal cleanings. These are deep cleanings that are more extensive and thorough than routine dental cleaning.

Additionally, if periodontal disease gets into its more destructive stages, we may need to remove teeth and/or perform other types of surgeries to stabilize the teeth and jaw. Gum-graft surgery is also available to help repair gum tissue.

Ideally, you will not need to get these advanced treatments if you catch your gum disease early enough. At a certain stage, damage from periodontal disease cannot be reversed, but it can be stopped, and the teeth and gums can become healthy again with attention to proper dental hygiene and routine periodontal cleanings.

HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH PERIODONTAL TREATMENT IN CERRITOS?

Contact Dentist of Cerritos at (562) 414-5064 to schedule a periodontal exam if you suspect that you might be having gum problems. We will do a thorough review of your case and examine your teeth and gums. We use a small metal probe to check each tooth to see if there are any pockets in the gums. Gum pockets are a sign of periodontal disease, and pockets over 3 mean it has progressed beyond gingivitis.

If we see that you have periodontal disease, we will probably recommend a deep dental cleaning (scaling and root planing) to get you on track and then regular periodontal cleanings for maintenance thereafter.

WHAT IS THE COST OF PERIODONTAL TREATMENT?

Deep dental cleanings are charged per quadrant and may be a few hundred dollars. Regular periodontal maintenance cleanings can average $75 to $150. Most basic dental plans do not cover periodontal cleanings, so you may want to upgrade to a premium dental plan that does if you have periodontal disease. We also offer flexible payment and financing options.

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