Gum Disease Specialist

Vanessa Bikhazi, DDS

Periodontist located in Newport Beach, CA

Nearly half of American adults 30 and older suffer from gum disease. At her private practice in Newport Beach, California, periodontist Vanessa Bikhazi, DDS, and her expert team offer advanced gum disease treatments to restore your teeth, gums, and smile and prevent complications. When you first notice tender, red, or bleeding gums, book an appointment with Vanessa Bikhazi, DDS, by phone or online.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection. It damages the soft tissue in your mouth and can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. If gum disease isn’t treated in time, it can cause receding gums and tooth loss.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Common signs and symptoms associated with gum disease include:

  • Swollen, puffy gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bright or dark red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Painful chewing
  • Bad breath
  • Pus near your gumline
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth shifting
  • Tooth loss

Healthy gums are light pink, firm, and fit snugly around your teeth. The earlier you’re treated for gum disease, the easier it is for Dr. Bikhazi and her team to restore your gums to a healthy state.

What are the risk factors for gum disease?

Gum disease can happen to anybody, but certain things increase your risk of developing it. Examples include older age, poor oral hygiene, smoking, hormone changes, and taking certain medicines. Other risks include being obese, using recreational drugs, your genetic makeup and family history of gum disease, an inadequate diet, and suffering from a chronic illness.

How is gum disease diagnosed?

To diagnose gum disease and how severe it is, Dr. Bikhazi examines your gums and teeth, reviews your oral health history, and asks about your symptoms. She and her team take dental X-rays and measure the pocket depth between your gums and teeth.

How is gum disease treated?

Depending on what kind of gum disease you have and how severe it is, Dr. Bikhazi will suggest one of the following treatments:

Deep cleaning

During a deep cleaning that includes scaling and root planing, your provider removes built-up plaque and tartar in hard-to-reach areas on your teeth, gumline, and underneath your gums.

Osseous surgery

If you have osseous surgery, Dr. Bikhazi and her staff reduce the size of the gum pockets. They gently trim away diseased bone and infected gum tissue, leaving you with better oral health. But for osseous surgery to succeed, you must commit yourself to develop good oral health habits. Lackadaisical brushing and flossing can allow gum disease to return.

Periodontal gum surgery

Periodontal gum surgery can include flap surgery, gum grafting, bone grafting, guided tissue generation, laser treatment, or tissue stimulating proteins. Dr. Bikhazi personalizes each gum surgery to best treat your particular oral health problems.

Don’t let your gum disease develop into serious oral health problems. Effective treatments are available at the office of Vanessa Bikhazi, DDS. Schedule an appointment today by phone or online to get started.