Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that can cause irreversible problems if left untreated. Dentists such as Dr. Mungcal take this disease seriously, and offer various forms of gum disease treatment. LA dental office, Downtown Dental, can examine, diagnose, treat, and prevent gum disease in patients who may be at risk or have had this disease in the past.
Gum disease often starts out as gingivitis. Tartar and plaque build-up which is bacteria can affect the gums and teeth. These bacteria can attack areas of the mouth if not cleaned and addressed, which results in infection and inflammation of the gums.
As the gums become inflamed, they will eventually pull away from the teeth. When this occurs, there are pockets left between the tooth and the gum tissue. These pockets can become a breeding ground for more bacteria to develop.
Eventually, the gums will pull entirely away from the teeth and the bone underneath will begin to deteriorate. This results in the loosening and loss of natural teeth. The teeth will no longer have bone to hold the roots in place, and will result in tooth loss. Once this has happened, the only way to address the patient’s smile is with the use of restorations such as dental implants, bridges, or dentures. However, the gum disease will need to be treated and addressed before restoration techniques can be considered for a high-risk patient.
There are several ways for Dr. Mungcal of Downtown Dental to address gum disease. Among the treatments available are laser therapy, scale and root planing, Perio Protect and non surgical treatment using a perioscope. Dr. Mungcal will discuss what solution may work best for each patient and their specific dental concerns.
Taking care of your teeth is very important for your overall health and well-being. The team at Downtown Dental focuses on providing quality dentistry and well-explained treatment plans for patients who have several options available to them. Our team is warm, helpful, and ready to assist new and existing patients in caring for their oral health.