Periodontal Disease Treatment in Encino

Periodontal Disease, also known as gum disease, or periodontitis, is the leading cause of tooth loss. Periodontal disease occurs when plaque and tartar build up around the tooth and inflame the gums, which if not taken care of, can begin to destroy the gums and bone which support teeth. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, bleeding or swollen gums, sensitive teeth and gums, bad breath, lose or shifting teeth, receding gums, and tenderness or discomfort in the mouth. These factors are obvious indications of periodontal disease, however many people have periodontal disease without even being aware of it. This most likely is because bone recession is not visible to the naked eye, and the first stages of periodontal disease are usually painless.

Dr. Howard is among the first 500 dentists world-wide to be licensed to use the FDA LANAP procedure. This is the only FDA approved Periodontal Reattachment procedure. LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. We are able to treat patients who suffer from Periodontal Disease and get new tissue attachment between the tooth and bone, to strengthen and improve the oral health of the patient. This is accomplished using the Periolase which is an Nd Yag class Laser.

In order to prevent periodontal disease, it is important to practice good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and schedule regular visits to the dentist.

We look at your mouth as part of your body and general health. Scientific studies have shown that gum disease has direct correlation with heart disease, the same as cigarette smoking. Oral health has direct relationship to the total health of patients. Many diseases are seen in the mouth before they have other symptoms. Research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.

Hygiene appointment. We will give you a full 60 minute appointment for dental hygiene. We spot probe the pockets every appointment and once a year we record in the computer record a complete oral probing, oral cancer screening. We will take necessary radiographs, and recommend necessary treatment.


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