Periodontics & Periodontal Dentistry | Beach City Dental


Beach City Dental proudly provides an array of dental services for children and adults, including general dentistry, cosmetic and restorative procedures, and emergency services.  We’re also pleased to offer specializations like periodontics to better serve patient needs and ensure optimal oral health.

According to a 2012 study published by the CDC, it is estimated that nearly half of Americans over the age of 30 suffer from some form of periodontal disease (mild, moderate, or severe).  If you’re among the over 64 million adults in this category, you might not even know you have periodontal disease.

One easy way to tell is if you suffer from bleeding gums. Unfortunately, many patients assume this is normal, but in many cases, it’s not. Along with swelling, itching, and other symptoms, bleeding gums can be a sign of infection, and if it goes untreated, it could lead to significant oral health concerns.

As your Huntington Beach periodontics specialists, the professionals at Beach City Dental take your oral health seriously. We have the skill and experience to treat gum disease, whether it’s in the early stages or if you’re suffering full-blown periodontitis. Do not wait for gum disease to get out of control before you seek treatment. If you notice swelling, itching, or bleeding gums, contact the talented team at Beach City Dental now for periodontal disease treatment.

What is a Periodontist?

Periodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on the structures that surround and support the teeth, including jaw bones, gums, and connective tissues. A periodontist is a dental professional trained to diagnose, prevent, and treat periodontal disease, with specialization in areas like oral inflammation, as well as corrective cosmetic dental procedures like the placement of dental implants.

Periodontists must complete three additional years of training (following an undergraduate degree and four years of dental school), where they learn to identify and treat periodontal diseases. Periodontists can offer services that most general dentists don’t, including scaling and root planing (i.e. deep cleaning), root surface debridement (or removal of damaged tissue), placement and maintenance of dental implants, and more.

Why Gum Disease Treatment is Essential

Many patients don’t think they need periodontal disease treatment because they don’t realize they have a problem until their minor infection turns into gingivitis or severe periodontitis.  Gum disease could result in a host of symptoms that worsen over time, including:

  • Swelling (inflammation)
  • Redness
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Foul taste in mouth
  • Visible plaque and tartar buildup
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Other complications with oral or overall health

At the first signs of gum disease, you need to find a qualified periodontics professional like the experts at Beach City Dental.

Early treatment and diagnosis give you the best chance to reverse the effects of periodontal disease and regain (and maintain) optimal oral health.  If you catch it early enough our talented hygienists Valarie and Aracely may be able to help with a combination Scaling and Root Planing and Debridements.  If it’s not caught early enough and you’ve reached the severe stages of periodontitis, you’ll face significant challenges with treatment and it’s possible that you may not be able to prevent some tooth loss as a result.  Luckily at Beach City Dental we have two in office Periodontists with Dr. Berghman and Dr. Henriod.

Why Do You Need a Periodontist?

In the early stages of gum disease, you may be able to get your condition under control with the help of a general dentist, a dental hygienist regularly scheduled visits for cleaning and examination, and rigid adherence to a daily routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash. In situations where gum disease is more advanced you may need to see a Periodontist. Periodontists are experts in treating Gum Disease. At Beach City Dental both Dr. Berghman and Dr. Henriod are trained and certified in the LANAP procedure. LANAP uses a targeted laser to target infected areas, all the while not damaging healthy tissue. LANAP when done correctly has great results, all the while being much less invasive and less painful than traditional osseous surgery. Most patients are able to go back to work the following day and may only need one or two doses of over-the-counter pain medication.

If you need a trained and experienced periodontist to fully assess your condition and devise a strategy for targeted treatment that provides the best opportunity to address oral health concerns, salvage healthy tissue, and help you to return to good health as quickly as possible, we are here to help.

Your Preferred Periodontist in Huntington Beach

Discovering you have periodontal disease can be shocking, even though it is surprisingly common.  You need a talented and caring team of professionals like the experts at Beach City Dental to guide you through the treatment process.  Our expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and patient, caring attitude make us the best choice for periodontics in Huntington Beach.

Our highly-qualified team can help you combat the effects of periodontal disease, reverse damage, and correct and restore your smile, as well as maintain oral health following treatment of periodontal disease.  We’re committed to delivering personalized care for every patient to ensure successful outcomes and positive experiences.

If you suspect you may have symptoms of periodontal disease, contact the trusted dental professionals at Beach City Dental today at 714-898-2517 or online to schedule an appointment and learn more.

How do I start my smile makeover?

To get started on your smile makeover call our Huntington Beach dentist office and schedule an appointment with The team at Beach City Dental. You can reach us at 714-898-2517 and we will be happy to schedule a time that is convenient for your schedule.



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  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
  • WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015

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