Periodontal Care in Long Beach

What is Periodontal Care?

If you’re looking for periodontal care services in Long Beach, CA, look no further than Heartwell Dental. Dr. Girgis and our experienced team are trained to provide excellent periodontal care to help improve your oral health.

Our periodontal services involve cleaning your gums, pockets, and gaps between teeth to prevent the bacterial plaque that causes gum disease. Contact us if you need routine dental cleanings, exams, or other complex procedures like root planning and scaling.

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Gum disease is transmittable and can spread through saliva (kissing and sharing utensils with someone with an active gum disease or infection) to family and friends.

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Deep Cleaning Appointment: What to Expect

If you experience symptoms of gum disease, Dr. Girgis will test the tenderness and depth of your gum line. The dentist will recommend a deep cleaning if an infection is present. Depending on the severity of the inspection, the appointment may involve one or more of the following procedures:

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Dr. Girgis will inject a local anesthetic into the affected area to limit pain and discomfort in your gums and teeth.

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Scaling Process

Scaling removes plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and gum line.

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Root Planning

This involves smoothing the roots of the teeth to help control the accumulation of tartar and plaque.

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Dental Advice

After the deep cleaning procedure, your Dr. Girgis will likely advise you to avoid certain foods and drinks and maintain good hygiene at home.

How is Gum Disease Treated?

If you experience symptoms of gum disease, your Long Beach dentist will test the tenderness and depth of your gum line. The dentist will recommend a deep cleaning if an infection is present. Depending on the severity of the inspection, the appointment may involve one or more of the following procedures:

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Professional Dental Cleanings

Deep cleaning below the gum line and sockets to help remove tartar and plaque to reduce inflammation.

Orthodontic Treatment

Braces, Invisalign aligners, and other devices can be used to improve teeth alignment, reducing the risk of gum disease.


Dr. Girgis may recommend surgery to remove damaged tissue or other areas of infection.

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Dr. Antonious

Dr. Antonious is a board-certified Periodontist and Implant Surgeon. She received her DDS degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry in 2015. She then pursued post-doctoral specialty training in Periodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and received a certificate in Periodontics and a Master’s degree. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Antonious joined a Periodontal and Dental Implant Practice in Iowa while her husband completed residency training in Anesthesiology.

She was also recruited as part-time faculty in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Iowa where she taught dental students and post-doctoral periodontal residents. Dr. Antonious is proficient in providing treatment in all areas of periodontal and implant therapy, including the treatment of periodontal disease, bone and soft tissue grafting, implant surgery, LANAP (laser-assisted new attachment procedure), esthetic crown lengthening, and periodontal plastic surgery.

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What are the Stages of Gum Disease?

Gingivitis – Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease, usually characterized by swollen, red, and tender gums.
Periodontitis – Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis if left untreated. This is a more advanced form of gum disease that leads to deteriorated gums and bones.
Advanced Periodontitis – This is the most advanced stage of gum disease, which can result in severe gum and bone damage making the teeth loosen or even fall.

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What Causes Gum Disease?

In most cases, gum disease is caused by plaque, bacteria that accumulate along the teeth and gums. Plaque can form tartar, which inflames and irritates the gums. When neglected, the bacteria can lead to an infection, causing gum disease.

Dr. Abraam Girgis is dedicated to making a positive impact in your life and that of your family. And it all starts with a smile. If you need periodontal care in Long Beach, CA, contact us online or call (562) 421-9411 to book an appointment and get your teeth thoroughly cleaned.

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Most Invisalign treatments are completed in just 1 year.

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