King House Dental Group
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 can show no symptoms at all. Peridontal 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:
Dr. Tatevossian will determine what phase the periodontal disease is in and recommend the appropriate treatment.
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.
Patient’s annual dental exam includes the cost of periodontal examination. The price for treating periodotitis will depend on the severity of the infection and the treatment used. Patients will be given the opportunity to discuss treatment options and cost during consultation.