Periodontal treatment is performed by a periodontist when a patient has gum disease.
This disease is caused by plaque and tartar which are bacteria and particles that
are deposited on teeth. When bacteria causes inflammation in the gums or an infection
it is called Gingivitis. This can cause red and swollen gums, pain, bleeding and
You can cure gingivitis by exercising good dental hygiene; brushing and flossing
your teeth correctly multiple times throughout everyday, and visiting our dental hygienist
in Van Nuys or Glendale regularly. If the gingivitis is not taken care of correctly, it
can become periodontitis.
Periodontitis is an inflammation of the gums around the tooth. Plaque accumulates
below the gums affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth, causing
them to fall or loosen out and supporting bone to be lost..
Excessive Or Uneven Gums
Gum tissue surrounds teeth and acts like a sealant for them. They also provide shape
and form to the top border of the tooth.
Some people may have a great section of their gum showing when they smile and their
teeth seem to be very short. This is usually called a “Gummy Smile” and can be corrected
with a cosmetic procedure called a “Gum Lift” or “Gingival Contouring”. This gum surgery
reduces the exceeding gum tissue and bone to acquire a normal gum appearance.
Soft Tissue Grafts
Having a healthy gum tissue around the tooth contributes not only to the health
of the tooth but also how natural and beautiful they look.
Gum recession is very common and can happen due to many reasons out of which most
frequent are periodontal (gum) disease, excessive brushing, brushing with a hard
toothbrush, unfavorable position of the tooth, and sometimes trauma due to wrong
bite, defective dental restorations, or due to foreign objects like tongue and lip
piercings. Aging is another factor for gum recession.
As a result of gum recession root surface of the tooth becomes exposed. Since it
is not protected with enamel of the tooth it can become sensitive to cold, hot,
and touch. It also wears off faster during brushing creating abrasions. Exposed
root surface becomes susceptible to root decay. Gum recession can also create impaired
oral hygiene and esthetic issues.
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