Torrance Dental Center

General Dentists located in Torrance, CA

Practicing good oral hygiene is key to preventing periodontal disease and preserving your natural teeth. A visit with a periodontist addresses the signs of gum disease or other dental complications as early as possible. At Torrance Dental Center in Torrance, California, periodontal services are available to identify and treat gum disease. The experienced dentists also offer preventive care for good oral health. If you worry about periodontal disease, schedule a consultation online or by phone.

Periodontist Q & A

Torrance Dental Center

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases that affect the gums and other supportive structures of the teeth. Treatment goals focus on restoring health to the gums and surrounding tissue.

Periodontists also provide minor surgical services to:

  • Treat gum disease
  • Insert dental implants
  • Perform reconstructive dental procedures

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Plaque and tartar are responsible for gum disease. If you’re not brushing or flossing your teeth properly, plaque and tartar accumulate and eventually destroy the tissue and bone in your gums. Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum infections

Which periodontal therapies are available?

Several treatment options are available for treating periodontal disease. Depending on your diagnosis, your periodontist may recommend one or more of the following therapies:

Scaling and root planing

This deep-cleaning technique controls gum disease. During the cleaning, your dentist removes tartar and plaque from below the gum line with handheld scalers or ultrasonic equipment.

Gum Grafting

Your periodontist performs gum grafts to replace the lost gum tissue that protects the roots of your teeth. They remove healthy gum tissue from another area of your mouth and transfer it to the diseased area.

Periodontal laser treatments

When you have diseased gum tissue, your periodontist may remove it with laser technology as an alternative to conventional surgeries. Laser treatments offer benefits such as decreased pain and gum shrinkage.

Crown lengthening surgery

Your periodontist may recommend crown lengthening surgery for medical or cosmetic purposes. This procedure increases the length of your teeth and reduces the size of your gums. You may also need this type of surgery to secure a new dental crown.

Periodontal plastic surgery

A variety of periodontal procedures reshape and improve the appearance of diseased or damaged gum tissue.Your dentist may recommend periodontal plastic surgery techniques to enhance your smile and improve your oral health.

Dental implants

If you’re missing teeth, your periodontist offers dental implant services to restore your mouth’s functionality. Dental implants are a porcelain crown attached to a titanium post. Your periodontist surgically implants the post, which fuses to your jawbone and provides stability to your crown and the surrounding teeth.

To learn more about preventing periodontal disease, schedule an appointment online or by phone.