About half of Americans suffer from gum disease, or periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. At Westside Dentistry in Santa Monica, California, father-daughter team Charles Wood, DDS, and Jennifer Wood, DDS, offer advanced periodontics treatments to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. At the first sign of bright red, swollen, or tender gums, schedule an appointment with Westside Dentistry by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.
Periodontics is a dental specialty that treats problems with your gums, bone, and other structures that support the teeth. Periodontists at Westside Dentistry are skilled at reducing your risk of and treating gum disease to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
If you experience the following signs or symptoms, you may have gum disease:
See the Westside Dentistry team for an evaluation at the first sign of gum disease to prevent serious oral health complications, such as tooth loss.
Periodontitis is common and can happen to anyone, but the following factors increase your risk of developing it:
Maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking or chewing tobacco, eating healthy foods, properly caring for your teeth at home, and seeing your dentist regularly reduces your risk of developing gum disease.
To diagnose gum disease, Westside Dentistry providers review your medical and dental history. They examine your teeth and gums and take dental X-rays to determine the severity of gum disease and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
To treat gum disease, your dental provider might recommend one of the following periodontal treatments:
Scaling and root planing are procedures in which your dentist cleans infected tooth root surfaces with specialized dental equipment. The Westside Dentistry team uses innovative Solea® laser technology to thoroughly remove tartar and bacteria.
Your dentist might use flap surgery to expose tooth roots for more effective scaling and root planing.
The Westside Dentistry team can remove damaged soft tissues to treat an infection and help you heal from gum disease.
Oral and topical antibiotics help your body fight infection.
The providers at Westside Dentistry use guided tissue regeneration, tissue-stimulating proteins, or grafting to regrow bone and other healthy tissues destroyed by gum disease.
If you have loose teeth or tooth loss associated with periodontitis, dental implant surgery replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth to restore your smile. You may require bone grafting prior to implant placement.
Don’t let periodontitis progress to more serious oral health complications. Schedule an appointment with Westside Dentistry by calling the office today or requesting an appointment online.