If you’ve got inflamed gums in Beverly Hills, you’re probably not a very happy camper. After all, the City of Beverly Hills is famed around the world for a great many things, but periodontal problems are not one of them. Fortunately, Westside residents from Venice to Mid-Wilshire and beyond turn to Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center for treatments that get to the root of inflamed, swollen gums by dealing directly with periodontal disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
It goes by different names, but if you’re dealing with painful swollen gums, bleeding, and halitosis (bad breath), you’ve almost certainly got it. Gingivitis, typically referred to as gum disease, is the most common problem. It’s the result of a dramatic increase in the amount of bacteria in dental plaque. While poor dental hygiene is one frequent cause, it’s not the only one and you may be suffering from gum problems even if you brush and floss regularly. Smoking, dry mouth, substance abuse, hormonal changes related to menopause or puberty, obesity, certain medications and simple genetic bad luck are just some of the issues that can make you more prone to the swollen, inflamed gums Beverly Hills residents curse.
Periodontitis is a more severe and potentially very serious illness of the gums. While it commonly arises from untreated gingivitis, it can also be a manifestation of several serious illnesses including diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, HIV, and genetic issues. Nevertheless, the most common cause is untreated gingivitis. With periodontitis, painful, swollen gums can be accompanies by a number of alarming symptoms such as loose teeth and changes in a patient’s bite. If left untreated, it can lead to the loss of teeth. Even worse, a number of studies have tied periodontist to a substantial increase in the risk of potentially life-threatening lung and heart problems. Under these circumstances, swollen and inflamed gums might be the least of your problems.
How is Periodontal Disease Treated?
The standard treatment for gingivitis and periodontitis is deep cleaning – which dentists often refer to as scaling and root planning. Essentially scaling removes the buildup of tarter and plaque from gums as well as teeth. Root planing, as the name implies, smooths out the outside of roots to make them less hospitable to bacteria — and, in many cases, the use of antibiotics to kill destructive bacteria is called for. These may be applied topically or as a mouth rinse, but oral antibiotics might also be required. In cases of periodontitis that have become advanced, certain oral surgeries may be needed to fully correct the problem. In these cases, a bone graft might also be necessary beforehand.
Don’t Wait to Seek Treatment
There’s absolutely no good reason to risk your oral health and suffer with painful gums, bad breath, and other issues any longer than you have to. Dr. Peiman Soleymani is a widely respected board certified periodontist who had treated the full spectrum of gum disorders. If tooth loss is an issue, he is also a certified dental implant surgeon. To find out more, contact Dr. Soleymani today by calling the phone number above. You can also reach out by e-mail through our contact page.