Periodontal Care at Yorba Linda for a Healthier Life
The gums, the supporting bone and periodontal ligament form the periodontium of the oral cavity. The gums, which seal the root of the tooth from bacteria and food particles, are the most important part of the periodontium. It is crucial to maintain good gum health in order to have good oral health. The plaque that forms around the soft gum tissues can pose serious threat to gum health if not removed from time to time. Periodontics is the branch of dental medicine that concentrates on protecting and improving the health of periodontium. It involves the study of gum diseases and treating the same. Our general dentist performs basic procedures to protect the gums from infection. Our periodontal care in Yorba Linda, CA is very effective in curing and preventing infection and creating healthy smiles for patients. We welcome patients from Yorba Linda, Placentia and surrounding communities.
What are gum diseases?
The gum disease can be broadly classified into two types. Plaque is a biofilm of bacteria that forms over teeth surface. This biofilm can accumulate around the soft gum tissues and harden over time to become tarter. The regular oral hygiene practices namely brushing and flossing may not be sufficient to remove tarter. The bacteria in tarter can inflame gums to cause irritation and infection. The infected gums can swell and become soft. Bleeding is commonly seen when brushing teeth. This stage is called the gingivitis. If left untreated the infection can worsen to become periodontitis. In this stage gum pockets are formed and the tarter proceeds deeper to reach the supporting bone structure. The teeth may loosen and fall out over a period of time.
Periodontal care is not a one-time treatment process. The dentist can only control the infection and not cure it at once. The treatment requires follow-up visits to ensure that the infection does not reoccur. The process involves periodontal probe and treatment to remove tarter. Different procedures can be followed to remove tarter from teeth surface and gum pockets. The treatment may involve restructuring of gum tissues to see that they are strongly sealed over the teeth surface. Scaling and root planing is one of the commonly followed treatment procedures for treating gum diseases.
Scaling and root planing – The process involves use of different types of instruments to clear the plaque and tarter from teeth surface, gum pockets and around roots. Water is flushed to clear debris and cool the area. The treatment may be performed with the aid of local anesthesia. Depending on the stage of gum disease, two or more follow up visits may be required.