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A Closer Look at Gum Disease Treatments and Periodontal Care in Santa Monica

The doctors of Santa Monica Periodontics and Implant Surgery perform a wide range of treatments to halt the progression and care for the soft tissue affected by periodontal (gum) disease. Our periodontists are highly skilled dental health professionals who are able to diagnose and treat soft tissue and jaw bone problems to help maintain optimum oral health.

Depending on the severity of infection, comprehensive therapies designed to remove bacterial infection and promote better oral health vary from non-invasive and non-surgical cleanings.

The 3 Stages of Gum Disease

1 - Gingivitis is the first and only reversible stage of gum disease. Symptoms include swollen or puffy gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing or gum tissue that is tender to the touch. It is also known as the ‘silent’ disease that often goes unrecognizable until it has progressed to the second stage.

2 - Periodontitis is treatable but not reversible. When plaque and debris build up, ‘pockets’ are formed under the gum line. These areas must be deep cleaned by a professional to remove debris and bacteria. With routine cleaning visits and proper at-home brushing regimens, patients can stop further damage to the gums and teeth.

3 - Advanced periodontitis has worked its way down to the bone. If left untreated, patients are at risk of tooth loss. Advanced technologies and treatment methods work to save a patient’s tooth whenever possible.

Santa Monica Periodontics and Implant Surgery treatments include:

Deep pocket cleanings – When gingivitis progresses to periodontitis pockets have formed between the gums and teeth. Our periodontists will clean the hard to reach areas to remove debris and infection-causing bacteria.

Gingivoplasty (soft tissue re-contouring) – Sometimes deformities will create abnormalities in gum aesthetics. Gingivoplasty will help reshape the gums giving a patient a more uniform smile. 

Flap surgery – During periodontal treatment, the periodontists will open the tissue to reduce the pocket depths and re-contour the hard tissue. 

Bone grafting – Grafting is an excellent way to add or "grow" lost bone. If periodontitis is left untreated, bone loss will eventually lead to tooth loss.

Crown lengthening – When restoring a tooth, it is sometimes necessary to expose more of the natural tooth structure. 

Dental Implant placement – When a tooth or several teeth are missing, the periodontist is able to create a natural-looking replacement by anchoring a dental implant to the jawbone. A prosthetic tooth is securely attached and the final restoration mimics a complete tooth from root to tip.

Trusted and Experienced Periodontists

Dr. Lionell Greenberg, Dr. Thomas Sims and Dr. Ricardo Raschkovsky of Santa Monica Periodontics and Implant Surgery have performed periodontal treatments for more than 40 years. Throughout their careers, the doctors have studied relevant practices and procedures and kept abreast of new information, trends and techniques. Along with their highly qualified staff, they deliver only the best in patient care. Santa Monica patients benefit from their wealth of knowledge and experience, as the doctors are able to provide customized treatments that best fit the patient's needs and lifestyle.  

Our team works very closely with our patients and strongly encourage open communication. To discuss any concerns or for more information on periodontal treatments and services, please contact us today. We welcome new patients from the Santa Monica and surrounding areas.