Gum Disease Treatment in Pasadena

Gum Disease Treatment

Each step of all our procedures are explained in full detail.

We provide effective non-surgical and minimally invasive options

Our approach to treating gum disease is conservative — that is to say we will do everything we can to effectively treat gum disease without recourse to periodontal surgery.

As a periodontal office, our training and experience is specialized in understanding and treating periodontal (gum) disease of all kinds, and understanding and treating the teeth and jawbone as they relate to gum disease. We can eliminate gum disease, save teeth and preserve bone where a general dentist might not be able to.

We look out for a variety of factors that could affect gum health when examining and treating our patients. This includes the patient’s age, medical history and medications. Medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and immune system problems, can influence the success of periodontal treatment and how the treatment is done.

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The first step is to establishing the type and severity of your gum disease through a thorough examination. We also review your medical and dental history.

We will advise you on your treatment options, and answer any questions you have.

To make an appointment, call 626.796.5386 or click here to request an appointment online.

Our Gum Disease treatments

Correct diagnosis

Accurate probing using a thin, gentle probe tells us the pocket depth of your gums. Pockets occur when gum disease spreads below the gum line, causing the gum to detach from the root surface and form pockets in which bacteria can multiply and cause further detachment.

Pockets 4 mm and deeper indicate gum disease. A pocket 6 mm to 8 mm indicates an advanced stage of periodontitis (severe gum disease).

DNA testing

We take our diagnosis a step further by doing a DNA test to determine which type of bacteria is prevalent. This makes our treatment more accurate and effective. Knowing which type of bacteria is causing the problems, we can create a treatment path to best attack it, including prescribing bacteria-specific antibiotics.

Expert deep cleaning

Our first line of attack on gum disease is a deep cleaning – which involves scaling and root planing. In many cases our expert deep cleaning can remedy even chronic periodontitis. Read more about Deep Cleaning.

Antibiotic therapy

Using bacteria-specific antibiotics in conjunction with deep cleaning and good home care, gum disease can be eliminated.

Laser disinfection

Another tool we use to eliminate resistant gum disease is laser disinfection and debridement (removal of dead tissue) with our soft-tissue laser.

Comprehensive patient education

Gum Disease Treatment

Our hygienists focus on patient education, providing them with all the available options for improving their dental health.

Your home oral hygiene is vital for the success of any treatment and you’ll get extensive education on how to best keep your gums free of disease. You’ll learn which toothbrush and floss are most effective, and least damaging, and which other hygiene tools to use and how to use them. We also advise our patients on diets that will help them combat their gum disease.

LANAP®—laser-assisted therapy

For more severe gum disease we use a minimally invasive alternative to conventional “flap” periodontal surgery, LANAP, Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure. Unlike conventional periodontal surgery, no cutting and suturing are required, which means little to no post surgical discomfort. Conventional periodontal surgery can take up to two weeks for recovery, whereas with LANAP there’s a less than 24-hour recovery period.


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The aim of any gum disease treatment is to eliminate the bacteria and the pockets caused by the bacteria attacking below the gum line. Pockets are created when the gum detaches from the root surface. The gentle, highly focused lasers used with the LANAP procedure sterilize the bacteria, remove the infected tissue and stimulate the body’s natural regenerative potential. The body responds by generating a new coating on the root surface and new connective tissue (periodontal ligaments), allowing the gum to reattach to the root surface, closing the pocket.

Learn more about the LANAP procedure.

Periodontal surgery

In some cases conventional periodontal surgery is indicated. It is generally known as “flap” surgery.

During this procedure the gums are lifted back, the tartar removed and the irregular surfaces of the bone smoothed out to limit areas where bacteria can attach. The gum then reattaches to the tooth, eliminating any pockets where the bacteria can multiply.

Soft-tissue grafts

Periodontitis can cause gums to recede or to thin. We use minimally invasive methods to replace gum tissue. Learn More about Gum Grafting here.

Gum tissue is also compromised by the flap surgery itself, requiring gum grafting to take the place of the gum tissue that has been cut down. Our minimally invasive LANAP surgery doesn’t require any cutting of the gum tissue and minimizes the necessity for gum grafting.

Bone grafting

Severe gum disease can also eat away at the jawbone, requiring bone grafting to augment your bone and stimulate new bone growth. See our Bone Grafting page for more information.

To make an appointment, call 626.796.5386 or click here to request an appointment online.