Gum Treatment and Cleanings
Comprehensive Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Kim can treat all cases of gum disease, whether it is mild, moderate or severe. His advanced training includes continuing education courses in periodontal medicine, oral surgery and restorative treatments. Every year, Dr. Kim attends the annual symposium at the Kois Center in Seattle, WA so that he can bring latest innovations, protocols, and techniques in management and prevention of periodontal disease. Every research and article published in the dental journals will be reviewed and incorporated into our practice protocols to help patients receive most up-to-date treatment. Dr. Kim has also worked with the most medically complex cases, and he strives to bring all of his patients more efficient, comfortable, comprehensive and long-lasting dental care.
Severe gum disease therapy
Gum Disease exam
When Dr. Kim does your new patient exam he will also conduct a very thorough periodontal (gum) exam. This is done by measuring the depth of the gum pockets and looking for other symptoms of gum disease. A gum pocket is the space between the tooth and the gum, and a depth greater than 5-6 mm means there is present gum disease. The depth of the pocket and the amount of inflammation indicates the severity of gum disease.
Thorough gum cleanings
The first step in treating severe gum disease involves deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. Deep cleaning takes place under the gum line. Scaling is the removal of tartar from the root and planing smooths the root out so that the gum will reattach to the tooth.
Dr. Kim and our dental hygienist uses an ultrasonic piezo scaler to gently strip the tartar from the tooth root. Deep cleaning requires anesthesia and we use The Wand computerized anesthesia delivery system. This puts in the exact amount of anesthesia for correct numbing, and in such a way that you won’t notice the injection at all.
In cases of more severe gum disease, Dr. Kim and our hygienist can perform a laser gum treatment procedure to clean the diseased tooth root surfaces. As part of this treatment, we utilize the air flow cleansing system below the gum to fully eradicate the bacteria.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of gum disease, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with our office for deep cleaning.
Per the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Health, symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
Gum Disease maintenance
The key to maintaining good oral health is keeping your gums healthy and free of gum disease on a daily basis. Also, by visiting our office for biannual cleanings, you can help eliminate hard to remove plaque (bacteria and sugar buildup) and tartar (hardened plaque). Tartar roughens teeth causing the gum to come away from the tooth, which allows bacteria to settle in and cause infection.
Comfortable, relaxing cleanings
Cleanings aren’t a chore at our office. We have large high-definition flat screen TVs that you can watch movies on (your choice) throughout your cleaning. Or you can choose your favorite music station from Pandora internet radio.
Bright, polished, thoroughly cleaned teeth!
For heavy stains and heavy calcium deposits, we use a Piezo Scaler. The Piezo Scaler gently removes stains by using high-frequency sound waves. We finish off your cleaning with a strong polish that includes a special whitening material. You’ll walk out of our office with bright, ultra-clean teeth!
Patient education to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life
Our staff educates patients about best practices to keep their teeth and gums healthy and free of gum disease. We keep up on the various innovations, such as the new water pick, as shown above, and pass these onto our patients.To make an appointment, call (714) 832-8000 or click here to request an appointment online.