Periodontal Treatment - Laguna Hills, CA

Gum Health: The Foundation of Overall Health

Proper Gum Health Can Save Your Teeth

As the foundation of a healthy smile, your gums maintain the integrity of your teeth and protect your jawbone from infection. If not maintained properly, serious infections like gum disease can loosen the gums, weaken the bone, and even lead to tooth loss. Gum disease, if left untreated, has also led to systemic health conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes complications.

Fortunately, you can take steps to maintain proper gum health by brushing and flossing your teeth as recommended, avoiding tobacco use, and coming to Rancho Laguna Family Dentistry for regular dental cleanings and exams. Empowered by extensive training and broad experience, our dentist has the expertise to help you avoid gum disease and to successfully treat it if you do develop it. We can defeat periodontal disease in Laguna Hills, CA, and restore any lost teeth with dental implants in the same office!

Telltale Gum Disease Symptoms

  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth mobility
  • Jawbone recession
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Heightened tooth sensitivity
  • Pockets between your teeth and gums
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Our Periodontal Treatments

Scalpel-Free Laser Gum Disease Treatment

Using advanced laser equipment we can provide several minimally invasive gum disease treatments. The laser eradicates bacteria as it crosses an infected area, instantly disinfecting tissues afflicted with gum disease. If any areas of tissue don’t respond to this treatment, we can also use the laser to extract that tissue and seal the site without using a scalpel or sutures. Our revolutionary laser system replaces sharp instruments, sutures, and medications with a single tool.

Scaling and Root Planing

If we don’t remove dental plaque (bacterial buildup) beneath your gumline your gums and teeth can separate, causing deep pockets to form in between them. With scaling we remove all the plaque buildup. We then follow this with root planing, or smoothing down your tooth root enamel to prevent more bacteria from growing in tiny crevices. After we’ve completed this treatment your teeth and gums will reattach to one another and seal the area off from infection.

Periodontal Maintenance

While advanced periodontal disease is incurable, we can keep it under control. After you’ve undergone gum disease treatment, you’ll come back to our office three or four times annually for periodontal maintenance. During these sessions we’ll provide deep cleaning, in the form of further scaling and root planing, to eradicate any bacteria that may have amassed since your last visit.

Osseous Surgery

When your gum disease reaches an advanced state, our team has the acumen and resources to treat it surgically. With osseous surgery (also called flap surgery), we gain access to deeper portions of your periodontal pockets to conduct more intensive treatment. Once we gain access, we’ll eliminate infection from the tooth roots and bone underneath, even removing diseased tissue when necessary. We can also restore any decayed bone with bone grafting. At the end of this treatment we meticulously sanitize the area before sealing the surgical site.

Gum Grafting

If you have gum tissue missing—either from recession or removal as part of gum disease treatment—we can replace that tissue with gum grafting. For this, we take some soft tissue from the roof of your mouth or from teeth with excessive gum coverage and affix it to the recessed areas. During this process, we carefully shape the gum tissue around your teeth for a healthy-looking, uniform smile.

Guided Tissue Regeneration

To accelerate your healing after gum grafting, we use the groundbreaking guided tissue regeneration (GTR) technique. For this we place a biocompatible mesh in between your gums and bone after a procedure. Soft tissues and hard tissues each heal at their own pace. The mesh acts as a protective barrier that permits your bone to heal without interference from the gums above, and vice versa. Your recovery will be much smoother and quicker!

Peri-Implantitis Treatment

Dental implants are made to last for many years and boast an impressive 98% success rate after placement. However, if the tissue around an implant gets infected, a condition called peri-implantitis, the implant may become loose and even fall out. Jawbone loss can follow. Through deep cleaning, infected tissue removal, and bone grafting we can protect your dental implant investment, keeping the area healthy and intact for years to come.

Maintaining Proper Health Starts with Your Gums

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