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At our office, we believe that understanding and education can make a huge difference in the lives of our patients. Patients who learn about their dental health and take steps to be proactive have better outcomes. We will take every opportunity to discuss your dental health with you, and we will always provide information so that you can make the health decisions that are right for you.
If you ever have a question about the care you receive at our office or a dental treatment or procedure, don't hesitate to ask. You can always give us a call or contact us using our convenient online form. We've compiled a selection of the questions we are most commonly asked. Feel free to take a look. If your question isn't answered here or you need more information, let us know so we can help.
In order to determine if you have periodontal (gum) disease, Dr. Jeffrey Robertson will do a thorough examination of your gum tissue and take special measurements that tell us about the health of your gums. If you experience pain, swelling, or bleeding when you brush or floss, that is a pretty good indication that you have gum disease.
We will make a recommendation for treatment based on the severity of your condition, the health of your teeth, and your expectations for your dental health. We will always help you to make a good decision for your dental future.
The Dental Cleaning Process
Typically, periodontal treatment begins with a specialized dental cleaning that addresses the infection both above and below your gum line. Our dental hygienist is gentle and will make sure you are comfortable for your cleaning. We also have a special topical numbing medication to assist in your comfort.
Our hygienist will carefully remove any plaque, tartar, or bacteria above and below your gum line. If the infection is severe, we may place a special antibiotic medication in those sites to help you heal. Once your special cleaning is complete, Dr. Robertson will recommend a certain number of follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and to prevent a reoccurrence of the infection.
Dr. Robertson is the only general dentist in the office although we do have a periodontist that comes in twice a month to work as a team with Dr. Robertson.
What having a periodontist does for you
This provides an excellent advantage to all of our patients. Allowing the two doctors to coordinate care and provide the most effective treatment for the patient.
Itchy gums or irritation? Contact your Irvine Dentist
If you have itchy gums with added irritation and bleeding our team will need to take a look and make sure your oral health is not at risk. To learn more about gum disease by clicking the link. Or call us today!
Periodontal (gum) disease has numerous complications for both your dental health and your overall systemic health. Periodontal disease can cause both tooth and bone loss when left untreated. Losing teeth and bone can lead to a chain reaction where you lose more teeth. When you lose bone structure, the very foundation of your dentistry is in danger.
Aside from the dental implications of periodontal disease, did you know that scientists linked serious systemic illnesses to having an infection in your gums? Heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and low-birth-weight babies all have a connection with gum disease. In fact, if you leave your gum disease untreated, you have a 25 percent greater chance of dying due to stroke or sudden heart attacks. That number increases as your tooth loss increases.
Periodontal disease is common among pregnant women because of hormone changes. If you are pregnant, you should visit your dentist more frequently for your health and that of your baby.
Treating Periodontal Disease
In America, 75 percent of tooth loss is due to periodontal disease, which is completely preventable. In Dr. Jeffrey Robertson’s office, we can help you to get back on track with your dental health. No matter what kept you away, we look forward to the opportunity to restore your dental health and possibly save your life. Call our office today!
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection in your gums. Because our mouths are full of bacteria from the food we eat, it is necessary to have excellent oral hygiene habits to avoid infection. In the early stages of gum disease, it can be reversible, but once you have it, you may have a hard time keeping it under control unless you take the steps necessary to keep it at bay.
When you visit our office for your dental exam, we will take measurements of your gums to determine if they are completely healthy. Any time you see blood or if you have pain when you brush or floss, that is an indication that something is going on, and we should have a look at it.
Diagnosing Periodontal Disease
Dr. Jeffrey Robertson will perform a thorough exam, and if he sees any signs of gum disease, he will help to create a plan to treat it. Treatment may include special deep dental cleanings, more frequent dental cleanings, special medication or rinses, and increased home care. Each treatment plan will be based on what will work best to support your health.
With proper treatment, you will likely be able to get your gum disease under control, and as long as you maintain your home care and office visits, you should be able to keep it that way. Dr. Jeffrey Robertson is here to support your health and make sure you are set up for a healthy dental future.