Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Robert Sarkissian, DDS, MAGD

General & Cosmetic Dentist & Orthodontist located in Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, CA

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. At his Woodland Hills, CA, practice, Dr. Sarkissian uses advanced techniques to diagnose and treat gum disease in all its stages to help patients enjoy better oral health and maintain their natural teeth.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, occurs when bacteria builds up along the gum line, often “hiding” in sticky plaque or tartar that’s been hardened. Over time, these bacteria begin traveling below the gum line, causing infection and causing tooth roots to come loose. Periodontal disease is a top cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S.

What kinds of symptoms are associated with gum disease?

In its very early stages, gum disease causes very few symptoms or sometimes none at all. Many people can have gum disease without even knowing it. As the disease progresses, gums may become swollen, red, and tender. Bleeding can sometimes occur when the teeth are brushed. Without treatment, the bacteria will continue to grow, releasing toxins that cause the gum tissue to pull away from the surfaces of teeth. This will expose more of the tooth structure to potential decay. Eventually, the bacteria reaches the root space, causing painful infections, loosening tooth roots, and causing teeth to fall out.

How is gum disease treated?

In its early stages, gum disease can often be treated with multiple routine cleanings to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar and prevent them from excessive build up. As the disease progresses, deep-cleaning treatments called scaling and root planing may be needed to remove bacteria that has traveled below the gum line into the root pocket. Special antibiotics can be prescribed to destroy bacteria that are difficult to reach.

How can I help prevent periodontal disease?

The best way to prevent gum disease is to have routine dental cleanings to ensure teeth and gums remain free of harmful bacteria. Routine cleanings and checkups can also help identify gum disease in its earliest stages so treatment can be provided right away. In addition to professional cleanings, brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent periodontal disease. During your cleaning appointment, the hygienist can provide you with the proper guidance to ensure your techniques are as effective as possible.

Insurance & Cost Information:

A few words about cost… There is no dentistry more expensive (at any price) than one that you may not need, may not last, or leads to further treatment. That is why the core of our efforts revolve around the most careful and conservative diagnosis with treatment aimed to give you a healthy confident smile for a lifetime. We will listen to your concerns. Make conservative recommendations and offer alternatives. And help you prioritize your care to give you the best possible results. Insurance Information… We are often asked whether we accept a particular dental insurance plan. Our most comprehensive answer is that we accept and help you maximize virtually all traditional PPO dental insurance plans. In other words, as long as you do not have a dental HMO (one where you have been assigned to a particular HMO clinic) and are free to visit a dentist of your choice, you will be able to take advantage of our excellent care. We will gladly process your insurance paperwork for you. Read more…Simply bring your plan information with you or have the policy number ready so we can look up your coverage before you come in to see us. We will work with you and your dental insurance company to maximize your dental benefits with your existing type of coverage and help you prioritize your care to receive the most benefit from your plan. In addition to in-office insurance processing, we provide several financial options, including care credit, to make dental treatment affordable for our patients. Finally, many people are unaware of the fact that insurance benefits expire and renew every year whether you use them or not. In other words, allowing your insurance benefits to expire without visiting the dentist is like throwing you money away.

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