Gum recession occurs as a part of gum disease, when gum tissue around teeth begins to pull back and expose the roots of the teeth. This becomes increasingly harmful to a patient as bacteria invade the pockets that are formed as a result of gum recession. If this condition is not resolved, the bacteria can continue to invade and negatively impact not only the gums, but also teeth, and the underlying bone structure. This inflammation and infection can spread, causing an increase in risk factors for a patient for other health conditions. Unfortunately, this occurs more often than one might believe. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Gum recession is a condition that develops gradually. A patient may not notice anything has changed until they begin to experience sensitivity from exposure of the roots of teeth, or begin to notice that teeth appear larger or longer than before. These warning signs should be shared immediately with the dentist so that steps can be taken to improve oral health and halt the progression of gum disease. This is yet another reason that regular dental checkups are so important. As your dentist is more familiar with the signs of deterioration, problems may be diagnosed sooner. This allows for prompt treatment, which leads to improved outcomes.
People who live or work in the Los Angeles area are encouraged to schedule their next visit with Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental to receive care delivered with compassion, as well as experience. Our primary goal is to help our patients maintain pristine oral health. If a condition develops that requires treatment, we construct individualized treatment plans for our patients.
When it comes to gum health, we use the latest technologies and procedures to restore good health. Some patients will see improvement with a professional cleaning of plaque and tartar build-up. This delivers the best results when performed on a consistent schedule, which is twice a year for most patients. To prevent a recurrence, we also have the ability to diagnose the types of bacteria present, so that they may be targeted with appropriate antibiotics. Where applicable, we may introduce advanced laser treatments, and even offer a take-home treatment solution, if we believe it is beneficial for certain patients.
The key at Downtown Dental is a focus on the individual and treatment of each patient’s unique condition. We recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to gum disease and treatments. We provide service to meet the needs of patients for oral health, as well as to contribute to their overall health. For a wide variety of treatment options and knowledgeable, gentle care in the fight against gum disease, visit our convenient office in downtown Los Angeles.
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