Southern California Family Dentistry

Southern California Family Dentistry - Whittier, Lake Forest, San Clemente - Dental Exam

Periodontics refers to the dental specialty that centers on preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease. These specialists undergo additional dental training and specialize in preserving the function, health, and appearance of the jawbone and oral tissues.

Research suggests a potential association between gum disease and various health conditions such as atherosclerosis, heart disease, strokes, premature births, diabetes, and respiratory diseases.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is triggered by bacteria within dental plaque, a sticky substance that accumulates on teeth. When bacteria build up, the immune system's cells release substances to eliminate these microbes. This response results in inflamed and damaged gums, affecting the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone, leading to gum bleeding and swelling.

Implications of Periodontal Disease

Localized gum recession:The infection usually starts in a specific area but has the potential to spread, progressing to moderate to advanced gum disease. Localized gum recession can occur due to excessive brushing with a hard bristle brush or because of a mispositioned tooth.

Moderate/advanced gum disease: These symptoms occur when the gums appear bleeding, swollen, or red around the teeth, indicating moderate to advanced gum disease. Additionally, during this stage, the jawbone might start to recede as well.

Before crown lengthening: The periodontist may increase tooth exposure by removing surrounding soft tissue, aiming to lengthen the tooth's crown.

Ridge augmentation: Frequently called “recontouring,” this procedure may be required to correct an uneven gum line.

How to prevent Periodontal Disease?

  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • Visit your dentist often
  • Brush and floss daily
  • Lessen smoking and tobacco use
  • Correct misaligned or crowded teeth


Laser Bacterial Reduction

Has the potential to exterminate the bacteria inflammation..

Diagnosis and Treatment

Helps the process of determining which disease.

What is a periodontist?

Are professionals who perform dental implants and treat gum disease.…

Soft Tissue Grafting

This may make it easier for disease-causing bacteria to build up,

Sinus Augmentation

Can raise the sinus floor and allow healthy bone formation.

Ridge Modification

Treats deformities in the upper and/or lower jaw

Regenerative Procedures

Can stop the development of the disease and protect the teeth.


Is a teeth-cleaning process that assists in stopping the development of diseases.

Pocket Reduction Surgery

Covers multiple surgeries, which remove bacteria and tartar.

Pocket irrigation

Intends to clean plaque between teeth and under the gum line areas of the mouth

Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing

is an extremely effective way to treat gum disease before it comes more severe.

Oral Cancer Exam

oral cancer begins with an asymptomatic stage where the typical cancer signs.

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Southern California Family Dentistry - Hossein Jahangiri DDS - Dentist - Whittier, Lake Forest, San Clemente


General, Implant & Cosmetic Dentist, Clinical Director, SCFD & Portside Dentistry


General, Cosmetic and Restorative Dentist

Southern California Family Dentistry - Zahra Hanieh DDS - Dentist - Whittier, San Clemente


General, Implant and Restorative Dentist


With Locations in Whittier, Lake Forest and San Clemente