Your mouth is filled with bacteria. Most of these are innocuous or even beneficial, but some bacteria can cause serious harm to your oral health. If too much bacteria is allowed to accumulate, it can form a sticky, colorless substance on the teeth known as plaque. Brushing and flossing are the two time-tested methods of removing plaque and keeping your mouth clean and healthy, but if plaque is not removed, it can form tartar, which cannot be removed with brushing and flossing at home. In order to get rid of tartar, you will need a professional cleaning done by our Beverly Hills periodontal treatments expert. When tartar gets out of control and creates gum disease, other treatments may need to be performed.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure that is performed under local anesthetic that removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Plaque is scraped away and then any rough spots on the tooth root are smoothed out. Our expert in periodontal treatments in Beverly Hills will recommend a scaling and root planing if it is determined that there is a significant buildup of bacteria below your gum line that needs to be removed.
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Sometimes gum disease has progressed significantly by the time a patient sees our Beverly Hills periodontal treatments expert, so a surgical procedure will be necessary in order to treat the teeth. Pocket reduction surgery involves lifting back the gums to remove tartar. The gums are then put back into place so that they fit snugly around the tooth. This procedure reduces the amount of space between the teeth and the gums, decreasing the amount of space where bacteria can grow.
A bone graft may need to be performed if your bones have suffered any damage from gum disease. A graft allows the bone to regrow, and it restores stability to the teeth. Our expert in periodontal treatments in Beverly Hills may also need to perform a soft tissue graft in order to restore any gums that have receded. If you feel you are at risk of developing gum disease, contact our dentist in Beverly Hills to get a thorough dental examination.