smile Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a chronic bacterial infection that damages gum tissue and the bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease eventually leads to tooth loss. There are other serious health issues that have been linked to periodontal disease, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and pre-term, low-birth-weight babies. Indications of the presence of periodontal disease include: swollen, bleeding gums, pain, bad breath, and loose or sensitive teeth. Unfortunately, it is possible for bacterial infection to progressively destroy gum tissue and bone without obvious symptoms and therefore, many patients do not understand the importance of seeking treatment. There are many factors that contribute to periodontal disease, such as oral hygiene habits, stress, general health, medications, genetics and tobacco use. In varying degrees, these factors can also influence treatment effectiveness and the recurrence of infection. As a leader in the field of Periodontics, Dr Anson has developed a reputation for his expertise in aesthetic microsurgery. He has pioneered and perfected many new techniques utilizing a surgical microscope, bringing aesthetic periodontal surgery to a higher level of precision and aesthetics. We offer our patients a variety of aesthetic microsurgical procedures to enhance the appearance of the teeth and smile and fight periodontal disease. The unique techniques that Dr. Anson has developed significantly reduce the trauma to the tissues that is common with “traditional” surgical procedures. The result is increased comfort, reduced healing time, and superior aesthetics. If you have periodontal disease and would like to learn more about treatment, simply fill out the form or call us at (310) 363-7094. We look forward to being able to help you!