Periodontics Specialist

Smile Country Dental

Dentistry located in Santa Rosa, CA & Napa, CA

Periodontics involves preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease. The team at Smile Country Dental, located in Santa Rosa and Napa, California, offers several treatment plans to ensure your teeth are positioned correctly and function properly. To schedule an initial periodontics consultation, call or use the online booking tool today.

Periodontics Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is an infection within your gums. It leads to the gradual decline of support for your teeth. Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Receding gum line
  • Bad breath
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Loose teeth

Gum disease affects roughly 80% of individuals within the United States before the age of 45. You typically do not feel pain until advanced stages of gum disease.

What causes periodontal disease?

The leading cause of gum disease is dental plaque. Dental plaque is a build-up of bacteria in your mouth from the foods that you eat on a daily basis. The combination of sugar and plaque forms acid that eats away at your teeth. 

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It develops as plaques builds-up on your teeth and causes initial gum irritation. Good oral hygiene has the ability to stop gingivitis before it develops into more serious dental health conditions. Sometimes minor treatment procedures are needed.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a moderate gum disease. It is the result of the initial deterioration of the bone tissues surrounding your teeth. This deterioration causes your gums to detach from your teeth, making the roots of your teeth susceptible to decay.

Advanced Periodontitis

Advanced periodontitis often leads to the extraction of multiple teeth. If left untreated at this stage, severe health problems may develop such as heart disease and hypertension.  

What periodontics treatments are available?

The team at Smile Country Dental offers several treatment options for every stage of gum disease.

Gum lift

A gum lip procedure is performed to create a more even gum line. The procedure removes excess tissue safely and creates a more desired smile.

Bone regeneration

When you lose a tooth, bone and gum tissue compete to fill the empty space. Bone regeneration intervenes to rebuild and reshape the bones that act as supporting structures around the teeth. 

Gum flap surgery

Gum flap surgery involves lifting the gum flap away from the tooth to remove diseased tissue and bone. The rough surfaces are then smoothed via root planning. The gum flap is medicated and replaced to naturally heal. 

Further treatments available at Smile Country Dental include:

  • Pinhole technique
  • Frenectomy
  • Crown lengthening
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Soft tissue grafting
  • Sinus lift

To receive an initial periodontal consultation at Smile Country Dental, call or use the online booking tool today.