Periodontics

Aury Arroyo-Lourenco, DDS -  - General Dentistry

My Tooth Place

Aury Arroyo-Lourenco, DDS

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Westminster, CA

Nearly 64.7 million Americans have periodontal disease, which is gum and bone inflammation around the teeth. It’s an extremely common condition that can compromise your oral health. Luckily, visits to the dentist can stop periodontal disease from advancing and causing permanent damage. The team at My Tooth Place in Westminster, California, offers deep cleaning and other periodontal procedures to prevent and treat periodontal disease. To learn more about periodontal health, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Periodontics Q & A

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is an expert in periodontal diseases, such as a common infection that damages gum tissue and bone inside your mouth. Some periodontists also specialize in dental implants, which are permanent replacements for missing teeth.

Periodontists spend up to an additional three years studying the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease in patients of all ages. The periodontists at My Tooth Place offer procedures to treat and heal gums, including deep cleanings and cutting-edge laser gum procedures. 

What is periodontal disease?

Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease has stages of advancement. It begins with gingivitis or gum inflammation around the teeth. Periodontitis is the more advanced form, and it can infect the bone and tissues of your teeth.

Periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis, usually develops from poor oral hygiene. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to brush and floss your teeth twice per day and get regular dental checkups.

How is periodontal disease treated? 

There are many treatment options for periodontal disease, depending on the severity of the condition. Common treatments include root planing and scaling — a deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque and infection to reduce inflammation. 

More advanced procedures to treat severe periodontal disease include gum grafting, dental implants, and other cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. The periodontists at My Tooth Place work with each patient to help them have the healthiest mouth possible.

What is PerioLase®?

At My Tooth Place, the team offers the latest in noninvasive treatments for periodontal disease. PerioLase is a laser treatment for gingivitis and periodontal disease that doesn’t require surgery. 

Traditional gum treatments can be painful, requiring cutting, sutures, and long healing times. Treatment with PerioLase is more comfortable and you’ll get faster results. It’s the only device that’s FDA-cleared to help restore and regenerate soft tissue and bone that’s deteriorated from periodontal disease.

Your periodontist begins by taking X-rays of your mouth. They then use local anesthesia during treatment and insert a tiny laser fiber in the space between your tooth and gum. Laser energy removes infection and your periodontist clears away debris without the need for cutting into your gums.

Most patients experience minimal discomfort with PerioLase treatment. You can expect to return to your normal daily activities and regular diet within a few days.

From regular dental cleanings to more advanced periodontal care, the team at My Tooth Place provides friendly, top-quality care for every member of the family. Call the office or request an appointment online today.