Bacteria utilize sugars from the plaque and tartar for their growth and release a toxic byproduct during their metabolism. These poisonous byproducts irritate the gum tissue and destroy the fibers that attach the teeth to the gums and jawbone. As a result, V-shaped cavities or pockets begin to form between the gums and the teeth. If the situation is not resolved in a timely manner, then the infection progresses deeper into the periodontal tissues and the jawbone. This can cause extensive bone degradation and, ultimately, tooth loss.
You can minimize the risk of gum disease by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day. Regular dental checkups and a professional cleaning every three to six months go a long way in preventing gum disease. However, once gum disease has set in, our dentist can take specific measures to reverse the damage. Here are some procedures we follow for periodontal treatment:
If there is a significant problem with a patient’s gum growth, a tissue graft may be necessary. We will take a soft tissue graft from the palate or another place on the body and graft it onto the patient’s gums to encourage and stimulate growth and gum health.
Call Pro Smiles OC today at 949-880-6638 to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Ivan Ho, and learn more about getting gum disease treatment in Laguna Hills, California.