What Causes Gum Inflammation?

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Everyone has plaque. It is a sticky biofilm full of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. These bacteria release toxins that irritate your gums, causing them to become swollen and inflamed. This inflammation is not always painful, but it can be. Gum inflammation associated with oral bacteria is called gingivitis – the earliest stage of gum disease. Left untreated, it can lead to more advanced stages and severe dental damage.

Inflamed gums tend to bleed easily, especially when you brush or floss your teeth. Although the most common cause of gum inflammation is gum disease, other factors can also cause it, including canker sores, irritation from braces, and ill-fitting dentures. Our periodontists can help you identify the cause of your inflamed gums and develop a treatment plan to address it.

A professional cleaning along with improved dental hygiene may be enough to manage and eliminate mild gum inflammation. For those with more severe inflammation, a deep cleaning and antimicrobial treatments can be necessary to control the infection and stop the progression of the disease. Call our expert in gum inflammation treatment in Los Angeles today to learn more about gum disease or to schedule your appointment.

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When is Pocket Reduction Surgery Necessary?

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Periodontal disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, which allows deep pockets to form. Plaque and tartar can develop in these pockets and are impossible to clean, allowing the infection to destroy the underlying tissues supporting the teeth. Our periodontist in LA may recommend pocket reduction surgery to reduce the size of these pockets and improve the health of the gums.

You may need pocket reduction surgery if you:

• Have developed deep pockets between your teeth and gums
• Are unable to keep your teeth clean due to the size of your periodontal pockets
• Are at risk of suffering bone or tooth loss due to periodontal disease

During this common procedure, the periodontal pockets will be thoroughly cleaned using special tools. Next, the roots will be smoothed to ensure the gums can reattach properly. Finally, the gum tissue will be tightened around the teeth and sutured so that they can heal in the proper position. This typically results in a significant reduction in pocket depth and improvement in overall oral health.

Call our expert in periodontal pocket reduction surgery in LA today to find out more or to schedule a complete periodontal evaluation.

What Is Pinhole Surgery?

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Many patients come to our office complaining that their teeth look longer, or that they are experiencing tooth sensitivity in their daily lives. This is often due to gum recession, when the gum tissue has pulled down and/or away from the teeth. Gum recession can be caused by gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis), or brushing too aggressively. When receding gums leave the tooth roots exposed, these areas become more susceptible to decay and other serious issues. Our dentist uses pinhole surgery to move the gum tissue back into a healthier position and protect the roots of the teeth.

Pinhole surgery is a relatively simple procedure that does not involve scalpels, sutures, grafting. Our cosmetic dentist in Orange County simply makes a small hole in the gums. Special tools are then used to loosen and expand the tissue, which is then guided to cover the tooth roots and any other unprotected areas.

This procedure is done under local anesthesia, and demands less recovery time than other conventional treatment methods. Most patients see an immediate improvement in their gums and overall smile. If you believe you could benefit from this procedure, schedule an appointment with our pinhole surgery expert today.

Surgery for Treating Gum Disease

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Gum disease can often be managed with noninvasive therapies, but in some cases, the damage is extensive enough that surgery is necessary. If our periodontists in Los Angeles recommend surgery for treating your gum disease, there may be several options available depending on your needs.

1. Periodontal pocket reduction
When gums become irritated, they begin to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets. These pockets gradually fill with plaque and tartar, which can push the gums even further from the teeth. Periodontal pockets can be virtually impossible to keep clean, but pocket reduction surgery can help tighten the tissue around the teeth again.

2. Lost gum tissue or exposed roots
Over time, gums will pull away from teeth so much that roots can be exposed, which can lead to root decay and sensitivity. Gum grafts can restore the lost tissue and protect your teeth.

3. Lost bone tissue
If the bacteria and inflammation reach the bone that supports the tooth, the bone can become damaged. Restoring lost bone tissue is critical to protecting your long-term dental and general health. Bone tissue can be taken from other areas and fused to the area.

Call our gum surgeon in Los Angeles today to learn more about gum disease surgery or to schedule your appointment with our team.