From bleeding gums to bone loss, keeping your gums healthy is essential to good oral hygiene. That’s why Dr. Rudell Gary S. Jacinto offers a range of gum treatments and assessments in his Hancock Park office in Los Angeles, California. With over 20 years’ experience in gum treatments, Dr. Jacinto can help you prevent and treat gum disease. Dr. Jacinto's office is conveniently located near Central LA, Wilshire Center, Koreatown, Oakwood, Melrose, Farifax, La Brea, Beverly Grove, Little Ethiopia, Dockweiler, Vineyard, Mid-Wilshire, Faircrest Heights, and Mid City.
Periodontal disease is the technical name for gum disease and refers to gum inflammation that can lead to soft tissue and bone damage. When this damage occurs, teeth may become loose and need to be extracted.
Teeth naturally get covered in plaque, a sticky substance made of bacteria, mucus, and other particles. While brushing and flossing remove most plaque, some lingers in hard to reach places and below the gum line. With time, this built up plaque becomes hard, turning to tartar, which can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. If not removed, tartar can cause inflammation of the gums.
A combination of inflammation and buildup may cause the gums to pull away from your teeth, forming pockets that can get infected. When this happens, your teeth’s support system is impacted, and the bones, gums, and soft tissue lose strength and may begin to decay.
The severity of your gum disease often determines what treatment Dr. Jacinto recommends. If you’re suffering from gingivitis, which is gum inflammation, improving oral hygiene habits and a thorough, professional cleaning may be all you need to combat the problem. However, if your gum disease has progressed, a more aggressive approach may be necessary.
For those with periodontal disease, Dr. Jacinto may use a ruler-like probe to measure the depth of pockets surrounding each tooth. He may suggest a deep cleaning, which includes scaling and root planing. This procedure removes tartar from above and below the gumline and smooths any rough spots on the tooth’s roots where germs thrive.
If gum inflammation continues after a deep cleaning, Dr. Jacinto may recommend flap surgery. This in-office procedure lifts gums to remove tartar and then pulls the gums snugly against the tooth, suturing them in place. This reduces the size of the pockets, making teeth easier to care for and clean.
Dr. Jacinto may also prescribe an antimicrobial mouthwash or antibiotics in coordination with these treatments to eliminate or reduce the risk of infection.
With proper oral hygiene, gum disease can be prevented. Dr. Jacinto recommends that patients brush their teeth twice a day with a fluoride-enriched toothpaste. It’s important to floss regularly and get routine teeth cleanings at least twice a year. If you’re a smoker, quitting decreases your risk of developing gum disease.
If you’re concerned about gum disease, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacinto today. WIth his know-how, your gum health can improve, protecting both your teeth and their support system.