Periodontal Disease & Treating Gum Disease

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When it comes to periodontal disease, what you don’t know can hurt you. Only 2 in 10 Americans think they have some form of periodontal or gum disease, when in fact studies have shown that more than 75% of American adults over age 35 have at least one of these diseases. Fortunately, gum specialists offer cosmetic gum surgery and other treatment options for periodontal disease – and they’re safer than ever.

Find out how to keep your gums healthy: request a consultation online or call (310) 657-0503 to set up a consultation with Dr. Alex A. Farnoosh, a cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles and celebrity periodontist serving Beverly Hills.

Expert in Gummy Smile & Dark Gum Correction

  • Certified by the American Board of Periodontology
  • International authority on cosmetic dentistry
  • Invented minimally invasive gummy smile correction techniques
  • Pioneered patented gum lightening treatment
  • Authored 40+ works in medical journals
  • Trains dentists in gum bleaching and gummy smile treatments
  • Transformed smiles of thousands of patients around the world

Meet Dr. Farnoosh

Gum Disease Concerns

There is a good reason why my patients are unaware of their gum infections: in most cases periodontal disease is painless until its most advanced stages. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause bad breath, swollen and bleeding gums, receding gums, extremely sensitive teeth and, eventually, tooth loss. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. It is important to remember that even if you have none of these symptoms, you still may have periodontal disease.

In addition to your oral health, recent studies have shown that periodontal disease may be a risk factor for many systemic diseases and conditions. Research indicates a relationship between periodontal disease and subsequent development of cardiovascular disease, fatal heart disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, and pre-term low birth weight babies. Even contributing to pancreatic cancer. Participating in regular checkups and treating periodontal disease early is the best way to maintain your overall health.

Anyone who suffers from red, swollen and tender bleeding gums, gums that have pulled away from the teeth, or persistent bad breath likely has a form of gum disease. In addition, there are certain factors that increase your risk of developing periodontal disease. For instance, if you smoke, you are much more likely to develop periodontitis. Other risk factors include taking certain medications that reduce saliva production, living with certain illnesses like diabetes or cancer, and experiencing high levels of stress. If you have any of these symptoms or risk factors, I encourage you to visit me, a highly qualified periodontist, for an evaluation.

Gum Disease Treatment Benefits

There are several reasons not to delay in seeking treatment for periodontal disease:

  • After treatment, you should experience much less pain and discomfort around the gums, and the treatment also should greatly reduce bad breath.
  • By undergoing treatment and continuing to take good care of your teeth and gums, in most cases you will be able to avoid tooth loss.
  • According to recent studies, maintaining a healthy and disease-free smile will help improve your overall health.

Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

As an oral surgeon serving Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, I now offer laser dentistry for gum disease treatment. Laser light directed through a small fiber is able to remove diseased, infected tissue around the teeth and help reduce bacteria. Laser periodontal therapy minimizes discomfort, controls bleeding, and offers faster healing time than conventional procedures. Laser gum disease treatment allows me to achieve results comparable to traditional therapies with many added benefits.

In addition to laser dentistry, I also offer procedures such as flap surgery and tissue grafting to resolve more serious cases of periodontal disease. No matter what level of infection you have, I will be able to help you address your periodontal disease through one of many treatment methods available. The main goal of treatment is to control the infection – any treatment I perform will require you to maintain good daily hygiene at home.

Risks and Recovery

There are very few risks associated with periodontal disease treatment. By far, the bigger risk is avoiding treatment and losing your teeth. Your recovery period should be minimal, with only minor discomfort in most cases. If you would like to know more about gum disease, Los Angeles gum specialists or laser dentistry, request a consultation to talk with me in person.