What Is Gum Disease And How To Treat It?
While gum disease (or periodontitis) is common, you should also take it seriously. Gum disease affects more than 3 million people in the U.S. every year. While gum disease is a severe issue, it’s also relatively preventable and treatable. Gum disease can lead to gum recession. Severe cases of gum recession will require dental surgery. Dental surgery to treat gum disease has traditionally been excruciating. However, at Dr. Kaveh Kanani’s Tarzana dental office, patients have access to minimally invasive treatment methods for gum recession. The technique that Dr. Kanani uses to treat gum recession is called the Pinhole Surgical Technique. This technique is a minimally invasive approach to reversing gum recession in patients in Los Angeles.
How do I get gum disease?
It’s often our everyday lifestyle choices that lead to gum disease. Maybe we skipped out on brushing our teeth in the morning because we were in a hurry. Alternatively, perhaps we forget to brush our teeth at night because we’re tired. Alternatively, you may be using a toothbrush that is more than three months old. After a few months, the bristles aren’t as effective. In just 48 hours, plaque can calcify on your teeth and will remain there until your teeth are clean again. Even the smallest changes in our dental hygiene can cause significant problems for our teeth.
What happens if I don’t take care of my gums?
If you don’t treat gum disease early on, the gums can start to separate from our teeth. When gums separate from our teeth, that’s gum recession. Within our gums and our teeth, bacteria-filled pockets form that causes infection. As gum disease worsens, those pockets get more profound, and treatment becomes extensive. As soon as you think you might have gum disease, see Dr. Kanani. The worse your condition, the more expensive and time-consuming treatment will be. Reports show that gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. If you ignore your gum disease in Los Angeles, the condition could badly deteriorate the gums and bones. Once the gums and bones start to decline, you’re at a higher risk for tooth loss.
So, how do I know if I have gum disease?
There are several symptoms you will start to notice if you have beginning stages of gum disease. However, it’s important to note that gum disease is often silent. Symptoms of gum disease may not appear until it’s too late. So, if you notice any of the below, see trusted Tarzana dentist Dr. Kanani.
- Gums are red, swollen, tender, or painful
- You notice blood when brushing, flossing, or eating hard foods
- Teeth will start to appear longer because gums are receding
- Your teeth become loose or begin to separate
- Sores appear in your mouth
- You have persistent bad breath
- A noticeable change in the way your teeth fit when you bit
- If you have dentures, you’ll notice a difference in how they fit
Many will not know they have gum disease. If you notice any of the above, see Dr. Kanani right away.
How do I prevent gum disease in Los Angeles?
Preventing gum disease begins with your daily oral hygiene routine. Below are a few steps you can take to prevent gum disease and keep your teeth for a lifetime.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two to three minutes. Be sure you’re brushing along the gumline.
- Floss daily to remove plaque from the places your toothbrush can’t reach.
- Rinse your mouth with mouth wash. Mouth rinse has been shown to reduce plaque by up to 20 percent
- Eat a healthy diet; foods that are high in sugar and starch increase plaque.
- Avoid cigarettes and tobacco, both of which can contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.
- Certain medications can aggravate gum disease.
- Schedule regular check-ups with Dr. Kanani in his eco-friendly Tarzana dental office. If you have any problems, such as defective fillings, Dr. Kanani can fix those.
What are the risks of gum disease?
If you don’t treat gum disease, you can be at risk for gum recession. If you don’t treat gum recession, it can lead to tooth loss. Once your gums start to recede, Dr. Kanani will want to see you more often. In some cases, you might require surgery to reverse your gum recession. However, don’t worry. Dr. Kanani is one of the most innovative dentists in Tarzana utilizing innovative approaches to reverse gum recession. The procedure Dr. Kanani uses to correct gum recession is called the Pinhole Surgical Technique.
What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
Most surgical methods to treat gum recession are very invasive, utilizing tools that cause more pain than you’re already experiencing. The innovative Pinhole method treats gums safely and effectively without the cost and pain associated with standard oral surgeries. The treatment is simple and doesn’t involve any cutting or stitching.
How does the Pinhole Surgical Technique work?
How it works is, Dr. Kanani will first numb the area with a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel anything. Then, he’ll use a needle to make a small hole in your existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, specialized dental instruments will be used to loosen the gum tissue softly. These tools help lift and slide the gum line into place to cover the exposed root. Unlike traditional gum recession treatments, the Pinhole method is incision- and suture-free. This technique also helps to ensure that your gum coloring is visually consistent.
Do you think you’re at risk for gum disease? Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Kaveh Kanani
If you’re beginning to show signs of gum disease, don’t ignore it. Trusted Tarzana dental surgeon Dr. Kanani has years of experience in performing the Pinhole Surgery technique on his patients. Dr. Kanani has successfully halted the progression of gum recession in many of his patients. The Tarzana dentist provides pain-free alternatives to dental care for his patients. An innovative dentist in Los Angeles, Dr. Kanani is continually exploring new ways to treat dental problems utilizing minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Kanani is trained and skilled to use this advanced method to restore your gum health and stop gum recession. The trusted Tarzana dentist can help you regain your smile after gum disease has taken its toll. Restore your oral health today with the innovative, comfortable, and safe Pinhole technique. Call Dr. Kanani today for a free consultation.