About Periodontal Exams
Redlands, CA dentist, Dr. Steve Tatevossian uses the latest dental technologies to detect periodontal disease in its earliest stages. The term "periodontics" refers to the dental specialty that pertains to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease that affects the gums and jawbone. The gum tissues serve to surround and support the teeth and the underlying jawbone anchors teeth firmly in place. Periodontists have completed several years of extra dental training and are concerned with maintaining the function, health and aesthetics of the jawbone and tissues.
Periodontal disease is a condition that can lead to infection and tooth loss if not treated properly. It affects roughly 75% of adults and can range from mild cases of gum inflammation, to more severe problems such as loss of gums and teeth. Dr. Tatevossian offers both surgical and nonsurgical periodontal treatments and can provide a detailed treatment plan for managing periodontal disease.
About Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a progressive condition which begins with mild gum inflammation called gingivitis. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Also referred to as "gum disease," it is typically signified by red, swollen, painful, or bleeding gums, but in some cases has no noticeable symptoms. Periodontal disease generally begins when the bacteria living in plaque cause an infection in the surrounding tissues of the teeth, causing them to become irritated and painful. Eventually, this infection can cause the jawbone to recede and the tooth to become loose. There are several reasons why periodontal treatment may be necessary:
- Moderate/advanced gum disease – This occurs when the gums are bleeding, swollen or red around most teeth and the jawbone has begun to recede.
- Localized gum recession – The infection, which propagates moderate or advanced gum disease often begins in one area. Gum recession may also be caused due to over brushing with a hard bristle brush, or due to a tooth that is not positioned properly. Immediate treatment is required to prevent further spreading.
- Before crown lengthening – The periodontist may lengthen the crown of the tooth by removing surrounding soft tissue to provide more tooth exposure.
- Ridge augmentation – This procedure, often called "recontouring" may be required to correct an uneven gum line. Before embarking on treatment, a periodontist needs to treat any bacterial infections and periodontitis.
Dr. Tatevossian will determine what phase the periodontal disease is in and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Periodontal Exam Reviews
"My wife and I are past the mid-eighties and still have most of our original teeth...and in my case, that's despite fighting periodontal disease for several years! All thankful to our 30+ years of professional and smiling care by Dr Steve! What more is there to say? :DBill & Kay Whitfield"- B.W. / Google / Jun 24, 2016
What to Expect
Our Redlands, CA dental practice offers various treatment options depending on how advanced the periodontal disease is, and we will ensure each patient receives timely and proper care. Usually, antibiotics are given to help alleviate inflammation. A common treatment used is a nonsurgical procedure known as scaling and root planing. This is performed similar to a deep dental cleaning, beginning with scaling, which removes tarter and plaque from below the gum line, while root planing creates a smoother root and gum surface. Gum graft surgery, laser gum surgery, pocket reduction, and other regenerative procedures are also available for periodontal disease in the more advanced stages.
Periodontal disease is a progressive condition. It is important to maintain healthy dental care regimes to help prevent gum disease. We provide our patients with education and at-home care instructions so that a good oral hygiene routine can be implemented daily. Dr. Tatevossian may suggest scheduling routine, annual check-ups and exams, along with periodontal cleanings twice a year.
The cost of the periodontal examination is included in the cost of the patient’s annual dental exam. The cost for treating gum disease will vary based on the severity of the disease and the treatment used. Patients can discuss treatment options during their consultation to receive information on costs.
Plan Your Procedure
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Catch Gum Disease Early
If you experience bleeding and inflammation of the gums, you may have early signs of periodontal disease. We invite you to call King House Dental and schedule a dental examination. With our experienced team, we will find a treatment that is suitable for your condition and restore your mouth back to optimal health.