If you have gum disease, periodontics can prevent the infection from spreading and preserve your oral health. At Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry, Annabelle Carnice, DDS, MSc, MAGD, and the team offer periodontics like scaling and root planing and antibiotic therapy to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the office in San Ramon or Santa Rosa, California, call or book online today.
Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum disease. There are several types of gum disease, but the team at Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry focuses on two:
Gingivitis is a bacterial infection that causes your gums to become irritated and swollen. When caught early on, it’s possible to reverse with good oral hygiene and healthy lifestyle changes.
Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis remains untreated. It causes your gums to pull away from your teeth and form pockets. Plaque, food particles, and harmful bacteria collect in these pockets, resulting in further inflammation. Over time, periodontitis increases the risk of bone and tooth loss.
At Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry, the team offers several types of periodontal treatment, including:
If you have a mild case of gum disease, the team might recommend scaling and root planing. During this in-office procedure, your provider administers a local anesthetic and cleans plaque and tartar from beneath your gum line. Afterward, they smooth out your tooth roots, allowing your gums to reattach to your teeth.
Sometimes scaling and root planing only takes one appointment; other times, it requires several appointments over the course of several weeks.
If scaling and root planing treatments don’t provide adequate relief, the team might recommend antibiotic therapy. This type of periodontal treatment uses prescription medication to stop gum disease in its tracks. Depending on your needs, the team might recommend oral antibiotics or implantable antibiotic beads.
If minimally invasive treatments aren’t enough to prevent the infection from spreading, gum surgery may be necessary. That’s especially true if you have receding gums or loose teeth. Gum surgery involves removing a piece of tissue from another part of your mouth or a cadaver and stitching it around loose teeth. Over time, the tissue fuses with your gums, preventing further damage.
To determine if periodontics benefits you, the team at Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry conducts an oral exam and asks about your symptoms. Afterward, they order oral X-rays to assess the severity of the infection and its effect on your jaw and alveolar bone.
Once they gather the necessary information, the team develops a custom care plan that aligns with your needs. Sedation dentistry is available if you have anxiety or need help relaxing during a procedure.
To further explore periodontics, make an appointment at Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry by calling the nearest office or booking online today.