Issues such as periodontal pockets are sure signs of gum disease, an oral health issue that can wreak havoc on your smile while posing a risk to your overall health. Millions of Americans develop gum disease every year, and far too many cases go untreated, leading to more significant problems such as expensive and invasive surgery and the loss of teeth. Thankfully, here at Nicolas A. Ravon, DDS, MSD, Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Nicolas Ravon and his team will work hard to find the right gum disease solution for you.
As mentioned above, periodontal pockets are one of the many symptoms of gum disease (periodontitis), a severe oral infection. Your teeth are usually snuggly inside sockets, the bone, and gum tissue.
But, when an infection such as gum disease, gaps can form due to tissue erosion creating pockets around the impacted tooth.
However, this condition can be reversed and sometimes treated with good oral hygiene. But there are also times when professional therapy is needed to address a severe infection.
Here are a few treatment options.
Following routine hygienic best practices, scaling and root planing is often the most widely used treatment for gum disease. The scaling removes calculus, plaque, and stains from the surface of the crown and root. This procedure entails cleaning your tooth’s root below the gum line since this part is softer than tooth enamel, making it more susceptible to the build-up of tartar, plaque, and other agents that can cause inflammation.
Root planing represents the second stage of treatment, where the tooth’s root is smoothed, which helps reduce the risk of future gum disease while promoting healthy gums.
In cases involving receding or missing gum tissue caused by gum disease, we can use gum grafts borrowed from healthy gum tissue or your soft palette to cover the exposed roots while developing new gum tissue.
Fortunately, Dr. Ravon has years of surgical experience involving gum grafts and specializes in implant and periodontal dentistry. He’s performed hundreds of successful gum grafts, and you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
Gum grafts also have both aesthetic and functional benefits. While their main gun is purely functional, stopping the advancement of gum disease while reducing further bone loss and gum recession and covering exposed roots as a form of protection against decay, the procedure also has the added benefit of reducing a tooth’s sensitivity.
After the procedure, you’ll be the proud owner of a more symmetrical and healthier-looking gum line, making your smile more attractive.
Other treatments include:
Dr. Ravon is a board-certified periodontist with impeccable qualifications related to treatments and procedures addressing gum disease. It doesn’t matter if you need a simple procedure such as root planing and scaling or something much more complex like Osseous surgery; Dr. Ravon can do it all.