Healthy, beautiful smiles are built on a foundation of healthy gums, and at Smile Again Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we’ll help you achieve and maintain excellent periodontal health.
If your dentist refers you to a periodontist, it’s because they’re concerned about your gum health and believe you can benefit from the expertise of a specialist. It’s natural to feel apprehensive about what will happen, but rest assured that we will provide gentle, compassionate care and the expert treatment needed to restore your gum health.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that gradually breaks down a tooth’s supporting structures, including bone, periodontal ligaments, cementum, and gums (gingiva). While there are risk factors, gum disease commonly develops due to poor oral hygiene and excessive plaque and tartar buildup around the gumline.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, which is typically reversible with a thorough professional teeth cleaning.
Periodontitis is advanced gum disease, the 6th most common disease worldwide. Treating periodontitis promptly helps prevent the bone loss that leads to loose teeth and possible tooth loss.
What Happens during a Periodontal Evaluation?
Before Dr. Hsu recommends treatment, he will perform a periodontal evaluation to assess your gum health. In addition, we will ask for your medical records to determine if you have diabetes or heart disease that may affect your periodontal care.
A periodontal evaluation is straightforward and nothing to be afraid of! Dr. Hsu will check for gum recession and how your teeth fit together when you bite down. To gauge the extent of the infection, he measures the space between your teeth and gums called periodontal pockets. Digital dental x-rays allow him to check your bone health below the gum line.
Advanced Gum Disease Treatment Options
After he makes a periodontal diagnosis, Dr. Hsu carefully reviews his findings with you, answers your questions, and presents treatment options that will restore your gum health.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Deep Cleaning
Also referred to as scaling and root planing, this non-surgical cleaning involves eliminating harmful bacteria from above and below the gumline. Dr. Hsu may also prescribe antibiotics as a follow-up to treatment and determine what ongoing maintenance is needed to maintain gum health.
Periodontal Pocket Reduction Surgery
As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets around your teeth become deeper and collect even more bacteria. With pocket reduction surgery, Dr. Hsu halts the progression of periodontal disease and helps you maintain healthy gums. Read more about this procedure and its benefits here.
Benefits of Periodontal Therapy
If gingivitis advances to periodontitis, Dr. Hsu provides the treatment you need to restore your healthy smile and offers many benefits:
- A beautiful smile: Healthy gums frame your teeth and contribute to a more attractive smile.
- Improved oral comfort: Infected gums often feel tender and sore and are also prone to bleeding.
- Fresh breath: Periodontal treatment clears away food debris, bacteria, and plaque, that cause bad breath.
- Better heart health: Numerous studies have demonstrated a link between harmful bacteria in the mouth and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
You Don’t Need a Referral to See a Periodontist!
It isn’t necessary to have a referral to schedule an appointment with our periodontist in Temple City, CA. If you are concerned about your gum health, please call us to schedule an appointment, and Dr. Hsu will be happy to evaluate your needs and report his findings to your general dentist.