Hillsdale Dental Care
Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in San Jose, CA
Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, affects around 42% of adults in the United States — almost 8% of these adults have severe periodontitis. If ignored, gum disease can have serious long-term health consequences, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Magdalena Azzarelli, DDS, and Roge Jacob, DDS, have years of experience in delivering periodontal treatments, and now you can benefit from their expertise when you visit Hillsdale Dental Care in San Jose, California. Why wait? Book an appointment through this website, or call the practice today.
Periodontal Treatments Q&A
What is a periodontal treatment?
Periodontal treatments focus on treating periodontitis, known as gum disease. Gum disease typically occurs because of poor dental hygiene and can increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory disease if you ignore it. The symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding and swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty or pain when chewing
If you think you may have gum disease, schedule a periodontal treatment with the team at Hillsdale Dental Care. They perform specialized cleaning that removes harmful bacteria and plaque far more effectively than you could achieve with home dental products and techniques.
How do you know if you need a periodontal treatment?
Your provider at Hillsdale Dental Care runs a series of diagnostic checks to decide whether you have periodontitis and, if so, its severity.
These diagnostics may include a dental exam to check for any early symptoms, X-rays, measuring the pocket depth between your gums and teeth, and reviewing your medical history.
The dentists at Hillsdale Dental Care typically grade gum disease on a sliding scale depending on its severity and your health. The level of decline helps them decide on the most suitable periodontal treatment.
What are the different periodontal treatments?
Periodontal treatments are surgical or non-surgical. Here’s a closer look at each type.
Keeping your gums healthy is the best way to avoid further treatment. The best way of doing so is to schedule scaling and root planing. Scaling is a comprehensive cleaning that removes plaque and tartar from the gum line and the tooth, while root planing creates a smooth surface for the gum to reattach.
Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotic mouthwash or toothpaste to eliminate bacterial infection for good.
When the tissue or jawbone has extensive damage, your provider may recommend surgery. Surgical procedures include soft-tissue or bone grafts, tissue regeneration, or pocket reduction surgery. Pocket reduction surgery reduces the depth of the gaps (or pockets) around the teeth, creating more tooth surface area for the gums to reattach.
Your gum health should be a priority, and the team at Hillsdale Dental Care makes it their priority as well. Call the practice or schedule a consultation through the online booking portal today.