Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S. At Westside Dental Care in Palmdale, CA, Dr. Sarkissian provides patients with the most advanced care for gum disease in all its stages so patients can avoid tooth loss and enjoy better oral health.
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, occurs when bacteria builds up along the gum line, often “hiding” in sticky plaque or tartar that’s been hardened. Over time, these bacteria begin traveling below the gum line, causing infection and causing tooth roots to come loose. Periodontal disease is a top cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S.
In its very early stages, gum disease causes very few symptoms or sometimes none at all. Many people can have gum disease without even knowing it. As the disease progresses, gums may become swollen, red and tender. Bleeding can sometimes occur when the teeth are brushed. Without treatment, the bacteria will continue to grow, releasing toxins that cause the gum tissue to pull away from the surfaces of teeth. This will expose more of the tooth structure to potential decay. Eventually, the bacteria reaches the root space, causing painful infections, loosening tooth roots, and causing teeth to fall out.
In its early stages, gum disease can often be treated with multiple routine cleanings to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar and prevent them from excessive build up. As the disease progresses, deep-cleaning treatments called scaling and root planing might be needed to remove bacteria that has traveled below the gum line into the root pocket. Special antibiotics can be prescribed to destroy bacteria that are difficult to reach.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to have routine dental cleanings to ensure teeth and gums remain free of harmful bacteria. Routine cleanings and checkups can also help identify gum disease in its earliest stages so treatment can be provided right away. In addition to professional cleanings, brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent periodontal disease. During your cleaning appointment, the hygienist can provide you with the proper guidance to ensure your techniques are as effective as possible.
The dental health of our patients is our primary goal and we provide several financial options to make dental treatment affordable for our patients so that goal can be met. We accept most dental insurance plans. If you have dental insurance, please bring your plan information with you or have the policy number ready so we can look up your coverage. We will work with you and your dental insurance company to maximize your dental benefits with your existing type of coverage. Remember dental insurances are intended to cover part, but not all the cost of your dental care. Also, most insurance plans include patient co-payments, deductibles, and other expenses and treatments that may not be covered. If you have any further questions about financial options please direct them to the front office which will be glad to answer them and work with you to figure out the most affordable way to budget your treatment.
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