about periodontal disease
Gum (periodontal) disease is a condition of inflammation in the gums, which can cause severe damage to your oral health. There are several stages of periodontal disease that range from mild to advanced. The very first phase is gingivitis, which is brought on by plaque buildup under the gumline. Without treatment, gingivitis may develop into the next phase, called periodontitis, which impacts the fibers and bone that support your tooth roots. Advanced periodontitis is the final phase of periodontal disease, which may cause loose or lost teeth. To treat gum disease, Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. provides both surgical and nonsurgical treatments based on the severity of the disease, such as antibiotics, scaling and root planing, gum surgery, gum tissue grafting, as well as extractions. When you have symptoms of periodontal infection, get in touch with our team in Orange, CA to schedule an examination with Dr. Patrick Yoshikane.
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The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, isn't easy to discover by yourself, which is the reason why it's very important to schedule yearly dental examinations at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. This provides Dr. Yoshikane a chance to check your gums so he can recognize and address the problem before it affects your mouth and general health. As periodontal disease gets worse, signs will include swollen or red gums, bleeding due to regular flossing and brushing, a separated or receded gumline, and chronic halitosis (bad breath). At the subsequent phases of periodontal disease, you can also feel pain when chewing and sensitivity to cold and hot foods. It's necessary to schedule an appointment if you're seeing any of these signs so that the disease can be treated before it spreads.
What to Expect
Treatment for gum disease will be based on the severity of the disease. If Dr. Yoshikane determines you have periodontal disease, he will discuss his suggestions for your treatment plan. When discovered early, scaling and root planing (SRP) is usually done to clean out your gum pockets. In more serious cases, antibiotics can be taken along with numerous SRP procedures. Severe cases of gum disease will typically require gum surgery, like pocket reduction or gum grafting.
Based upon the stage of gum disease and treatment program, your recovery period will be different. You might need to schedule multiple appointments in Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. to completely treat your periodontal disease. After your dental health is restored, you should continue attending regular dental exams and cleanings at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. You should also maintain a daily at-home dental hygiene regimen, including flossing and brushing. Dr. Yoshikane may suggest an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste to reduce your chance of redeveloping periodontal disease.
Based on your dental insurance coverage, some of your costs may be paid. After talking to your insurance company, we can better calculate your out-of-pocket costs. At your consult, the team of Dr.Yoshikane can go over payment methods, along with financing, to help make your procedure affordable.
fight back against gum Disease
Periodontal disease will continue to progress if you don't get the proper therapy so it's important to seek expert help when any signs occur. At Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S., we work with you to renew your gums and avoid future instances of gum disease. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yoshikane, get in touch with our team in Orange, CA.