Poor oral hygiene can lead to more than just bad breath, it can ultimately lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also referred to as periodontitis, is a preventable oral disease which affects approximately three million people in the United States every year. The earlier stages of periodontitis can be identified by signs of red, inflamed and bleeding gums.
The first stage of periodontal disease would be gingivitis. Gingivitis is the mildest and most common stage of periodontal disease in Americans. If the gingivitis stage is ignored, your mouth will surely develop early stages of periodontitis. Periodontitis can develop from bad into worse quickly.
Our La Jolla dentist understands that when a certain case has reached this late stage, it is best to seek the assistance of a dentist who is well experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease as well as have a mastery in the placement of dental implants. Our dentist is familiar with modern techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and if needed will perform any additional cosmetic treatments to restore the look and most importantly function to your smile.
Services offered to treat periodontitis would include scaling and root planing. This would involve cleaning the infected surface of your teeth’s root. If needed, we also care of root surface debridement. This treatment means removing any damaged tissue. In regards to our patients who suffer from severe damage to their smile and as a result have lost teeth, we are more than happy to take treatment a step further by also providing you with restored bite function.
Services that can help you regain bite function after suffering from periodontitis would include dental implants to replace large gaps of missing teeth or even a crown or bridge to replace just a few missing teeth lost due to periodontal disease. If there is too much gum recession between your gums and teeth, better known in the dental world as as periodontal pockets, Our La Jolla dentist will most likely send you in for x-rays so we can determine if your jaw would allow for successful implants.
Our practice is serves residents of La Jolla as well as surrounding local San Diego cities. To schedule an appointment with us, simply call our La Jolla practice at (858) 546-0100.