Periodontal Treatment and Soft Tissue Management Beverly Hills
Gum (periodontal) disease is rampant in the United States, with 46% of adults 30 and older struggling with bleeding gums and worsening symptoms. Luckily, periodontal disease is treatable, and soft tissue management can reverse and restore much of the damage caused by inflammation and infection.
Dr. Steven Goldy evaluates the oral tissues during dental exams and will discuss the state of your gums. He offers soft tissue management, or periodontal treatment, to improve your oral health and smile.
Are You a Candidate for Soft Tissue Management?
Red, swollen, bleeding or tender gums are initial symptoms of gum disease, along with bad breath or a foul smell or taste. Early stages of periodontal disease may respond favorably to better flossing and brushing habits at home. However, the later stages of gum disease need soft tissue management to prevent permanent and lasting damage, such as tooth and bone loss.
Early gum disease is called gingivitis. The gums become inflamed and irritated and may bleed when you floss. The second stage (periodontitis) causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth and form periodontal pockets. These pockets are ideal places for food and debris to collect and for bacteria to breed and multiply. Advanced periodontitis is the third stage of gum disease, where infection and gum recession can lead to tooth loss and jawbone resorption.
People with periodontitis and advanced periodontitis may need soft tissue management to salvage their teeth and gums and maintain a strong jawbone. Dr. Goldy can determine if you are a good candidate for periodontal treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Periodontal Treatment?
Periodontal therapy is necessary to restore a healthy mouth and remove built-up tartar, plaque and debris from periodontal pockets. Soft tissue management may help our dentist identify other oral health issues by clearing away infection and reducing inflammation. These treatments will give you fresher breath and a beautiful smile free from red, swollen gums.
What Does Soft Tissue Management Involve?
Dr. Goldy performs periodontal treatments with a piezo scaler for debridement. The laser-like instrument is used for deep cleaning and removes plaque and tartar quickly. Our dentist then uses handheld dental tools for scaling and root planing. An irrigation treatment containing chlorhexidine and fluoride cleans the tissues and aids healing. Depending on the severity of periodontal disease, two to four treatments may be necessary to reverse the damage to your tissues.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
The goal of soft tissue management is to resolve inflammation and reduce periodontal pockets by removing plaque. Your teeth and gums are cleaner and healthier after periodontal treatment, and the hope is to stop the progression of gum disease altogether.
Dr. Goldy prefers to start with a non-surgical approach for conservative treatment, but periodontal surgery with a periodontist may be necessary. Soft tissue management aims to avoid or postpone the need for invasive surgery, such as a gum graft.