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Periodontics and Gum Disease Treatments: Restoring Your Oral Health

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, develops when harmful bacteria in plaque accumulate between the gums and teeth, causing inflammation. Effective periodontal treatment aims to control existing infections and halt disease progression. In advanced cases, surgical interventions may be necessary to restore supportive tissues. If you have concerns about your gums, seek professional care from our experienced periodontist in Santa Rosa can provide a thorough examination and personalized treatment plan. Take a proactive step towards healthier gums and improved oral health by scheduling an appointment with our skilled team today.

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about Periodontics and gum disease

What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) diseases. Periodontists are dental professionals with advanced training in managing conditions related to the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. They provide treatments such as scaling and root planing, gum surgery, and dental implant placement. Periodontics plays a crucial role in maintaining optimal oral health and preserving the health of the gums, bones, and teeth.

What are the benefits of Periodontics?

The benefits of periodontics include:

  • Improved Gum Health: Periodontics focuses on diagnosing and treating gum diseases, helping to improve and maintain healthy gums.
  • Prevention of Tooth Loss: Periodontal treatments can prevent tooth loss by addressing issues that affect the supporting structures of the teeth.
  • Enhanced Oral Function: By addressing gum problems, periodontics can improve chewing ability and overall oral function.
  • Reduced Risk of Systemic Health Issues: Treating gum diseases can reduce the risk of developing certain systemic health conditions associated with periodontal infections.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Periodontal procedures, such as gum grafting, can improve the appearance of the gums and enhance overall smile aesthetics.


How do you treat Periodontal Disease?
Depending on the severity of the condition, periodontal disease treatment typically entails a combination of non-surgical and surgical procedures. Here are the common approaches to treating periodontal disease:

Scaling and Root Planing: This non-surgical procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and the roots. It helps to eliminate bacteria and promote gum healing.

Antibiotics: In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to target and control bacterial infections in the gum pockets.

Gum Grafting: If the gum tissue has receded significantly, gum grafting may be performed to cover exposed tooth roots and improve the appearance and health of the gums.

Pocket Reduction Surgery: In advanced cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to reduce the depth of gum pockets and create a more manageable environment for oral hygiene.

Bone Grafting: When periodontal disease has caused bone loss around the teeth, bone grafting procedures can help regenerate lost bone tissue and provide better support for the teeth.

Soft Tissue Laser Therapy: Laser treatment can be used to remove infected tissue and promote gum reattachment.

Maintenance and Follow-up: Regular dental check-ups and periodontal maintenance visits are essential to monitor progress, prevent recurrence, and maintain gum health.

Who has Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease can affect individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Poor oral hygiene habits, smoking, heredity, diabetes, hormonal changes (such as those that occur during pregnancy), and some medications all raise the risk. Those with crooked teeth or dental restorations like bridges may also be more susceptible. Regular dental check-ups and maintaining good oral hygiene are essential to prevent and detect periodontal disease early.

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Dr. Leo C. Yang
Kimberly Brasil, RDHAP-AS, BS, MS
7 Page Street, Suite A
Cotati, CA 94931
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