Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal (gum) disease

Do you have any of these symptoms?

  • Bleeding, tender and red gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Visible dark deposits or pus around your teeth

These are all indications of periodontal disease. Gum disease, like heart disease, can be pain free for years. However, if left untreated, it results in loss of the supporting bone which holds the teeth, potential infections which can affect other areas of the body, and eventual loss of the teeth.

Initial therapy involves scaling/root planing (deep cleaning). This is the methodical removal of tartar (calculus) and plaque from the teeth and root surfaces. Plaque is a sticky tooth colored substance comprised mostly of bacteria, the cause of gum disease. Scaling and root planing is done in the office, usually with anesthesia and often in one visit. Many times this is all that's required to gain control over your periodontal health.

Continuing with regular check-ups and cleanings is extremely important. We re-evaluate your periodontal condition at every check-up. Sometimes gum surgery may be necessary to achieve good periodontal health. If that's the case, we will refer you to a highly skilled and caring specialist (periodontist) in the community.

Examples of other periodontal procedures:

  • Recession of the gumline has advanced so that grafting is required to protect the tooth and improve its overall appearance.
  • The condition of the gum needs to be addressed before a crown or an implant is done.
  • Moving a muscle attachment may be required if it places adjacent teeth at risk.
  • By making the gum uniform around front teeth and making the teeth more prominent, a person's smile can be greatly enhanced.

Teresa K. Yang, D.D.S. General Dentistry
1510 10th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-0501