THE SMILE. PERFECTED.

Gum Disease

Instead of losing your smile to a preventable oral disease, visit Michael J Bissiri DDS for gum disease treatment in Lake Forest, California! We provide gentle and caring periodontal services, so that you can gain your best smile yet! 

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, the gums can eventually begin to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss and gum tissue recession.

If your gums are swollen, red or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. Following an exam at our office, our dentist and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.

The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentist may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our office soon. We look forward to caring for your smile!

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ARESTIN ®

Arestin® (minocycline hydrochloride) is an antibiotic medication used to treat periodontal disease. Arestin comes in the form of a powder containing microspheres (particles smaller than grains of sand) filled with medication and is placed inside infected periodontal pockets following a scaling and root planing procedure. These microspheres release the antibiotic gradually, actively fighting periodontal disease for 30 days in your mouth. Within 90 days of your treatment, Arestin should produce significantly better results than a scaling and root planing treatment alone.

After you have received a periodontal treatment using Arestin, we recommend that you:

  • Avoid touching the treated areas of your gums for one week
  • Wait to floss or use toothpicks in the treated areas for 10 days
  • Avoid eating hard, crunchy or sticky foods for one week following treatment
  • Stay hydrated
  • Limit your smoking and use of other tobacco products, as this will hinder the healing process
  • Keep all your follow-up appointments to ensure that your gum disease remains under control

Arestin is most effective as part of a good oral hygiene routine. Continue to brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums clean and control the harmful bacteria and plaque in your mouth.

For more information about Arestin, please contact our office today.

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PERIODONTAL MAINTENANCE

For those who may need continual periodontal services in order to achieve an optimal level of oral health, our dentist and team can provide periodontal maintenance! This personalized treatment is designed specifically for your needs, so your smile becomes as healthy as it should be.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, the gums can eventually begin to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss and gum tissue recession.

If your gums are swollen, red or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. Following an exam at our office, our dentist and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.

The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentist may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our office soon. We look forward to caring for your smile!

GUM DISEASE

SCALING & ROOT PLANING

We provide scaling and root planing in Lake Forest, California, to clean and refresh the oral structures of our patients’ smiles.

Scaling and root planing is one of the most common and effective treatments recommended for gum disease before it becomes severe. This deep cleaning treatment includes two main steps:

  • Scaling: In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface.
  • Root Planing: This step involves cleaning the roots of the teeth, smoothing them to remove bacterial toxins.

The goals of scaling and root planing are to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar, and to halt the progress of the disease. While most scaling and root planing treatments can be completed comfortably without an anesthetic, our dentist can offer several anesthetic and other comfort options to make certain that you feel at ease during your treatment. The scaling and root planing treatment may be split up into several appointments, in which we treat one section of the mouth at each appointment.

Scaling and root planing may be combined with other types of periodontal therapy, such as antibiotic treatment. For most patients, scaling and root planing is enough to prevent periodontal disease from progressing further. For more information about the benefits of scaling and root planing and to learn more about the other types of periodontal treatment we offer, please do not hesitate to contact our office.