Redlands, CA dentist, Dr. Steve Tatevossian uses the latest dental technologies to detect periodontal disease in its earliest stages.
Periodontics is a dental specialization that deals with preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions that attack the gums and jawbone. Periodontists complete additional years of formal training to maintain the function, health, and aesthetics of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth and the jawbone that anchors them in place. Periodontal disease affects roughly 75% of adults and can lead to conditions from mild cases of gum inflammation to infection, and more severe problems such as loss of gums and teeth if not treated properly.
Dr. Tatevossian offers both surgical and non-surgical periodontal treatments and can provide a detailed treatment plan for managing periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is a mild inflammation of the gum. This inflammation is usually the first sign of periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Typical symptoms of this condition, also known as “gum disease,” are red, swollen, painful, or bleeding gums, though in some cases show no symptoms at all.
A Periodontal disease starts with a bacterial infection in the gums from plaque accumulated on teeth. This infection causes irritation, pain, and inflammation that in turn, can cause the jawbone to recede and teeth to become loose. These are some of the reasons why periodontal treatment is necessary.
This is diagnosed when the gums are bleeding, swollen or red around the teeth, causing the jawbone to recede.
The infection usually begins in one area and then creates moderate or advanced gum disease in other areas.
Gum recession can also be caused by heavy brushing with a stiff bristle brush or by badly positioned teeth. Prompt treatment is recommended to avoid further spreading.
When the periodontist lengthens the crown of a tooth by pushing up surrounding soft tissue to show more tooth structure.
This dental technic, usually known as "recontouring," requires the periodontist to correct an uneven gum line. The periodontist has to clear any bacterial infections and periodontitis before treatment.
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