King House Dental Group
About Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that 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
Localized gum recession
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Dr. Tatevossian will determine what phase the periodontal disease is in and recommend the appropriate treatment.
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.