Periodontal Care in Long Beach, CA
We all tend to take our healthy teeth for granted when everything's feeling fine. However, there are situations where your teeth feel okay, but there are actually underlying problems that won't become noticeable until they show up in an unpleasant way.
That is why we emphasize the importance of preventive services like twice-yearly exams and cleanings.
You and your family can take all the right steps with your at-home oral hygiene, but regular check-ups and professional cleanings at our Long Beach, CA dental office are still necessary if you want to enjoy a problem-free smile.
Preventive Exams & Cleanings
Regular dental exams allow us to periodically evaluate the current state of your oral health. During your exam, we focus on the entire mouth to detect problems like the onset of gum disease, problems with your dental bite, and even early signs of oral cancer. Dr. Jung will make notes about the condition of any existing dental work. If needed, we’ll use digital x-rays to help us see if any problems are developing deep inside your teeth.
Professional dental cleanings at our Long Beach dental office are performed by our highly skilled dental hygienists. They are trained to recognize and treat gum disease in its earliest stages. When caught early, gum disease is easily treatable with a routine dental cleaning, which includes:
- Removal of plaque, a film that collects on your teeth and is made up of food debris, saliva, and bacteria. These bacteria create toxins that cause redness and swelling of the gums, eventually leading to periodontal disease.
- Removal of tartar, a form of hardened plaque that is commonly referred to as calculus. This substance forms when plaque is allowed to accumulate on your teeth. Regular brushing can remove some plaque, but it will not remove calculus, which adheres to your teeth above and below the gum line. Calculus can only be removed by a hygienist using special instruments.
Treating Periodontal Disease
During your cleaning, our hygienist may find that you have more advanced periodontal disease. If this is the case, we will perform a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing.
This treatment involves removing plaque and calculus that attach to the surface of your teeth, especially the area below the gum line. Root planing smoothes out irregular areas of the root surface, removing any remaining plaque with specialized hand instruments and ultrasonic scalers. In addition, we also use a laser to remove any bacteria and diseased gum tissue. This results in more efficient and effective healing of your gums and supporting structures of your teeth.
Please Call for an Appointment
First impressions matter, and we go out of our way to show you how important you are to us within moments of your arrival at our office. We will take the time to talk to you about your long-term expectations for a healthy mouth. As we get to know you, we’ll learn about your priorities and how we can help you achieve your goals in a way that makes sense for you.
Healthy teeth require a commitment on your part, but the reward is a beautiful smile that is comfortable and helps you feel good about the way you look. We would love the opportunity to meet you and your family, learn about your oral health goals, and help you achieve the best possible oral health.
Please call us to make an appointment for your next exam and cleaning.