Periodontal Therapy in San Francisco
San Francisco Dental Wellness provides periodontal therapy in San Francisco, CA. Call 415-781-1944 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
What is Periodontal Therapy?
Periodontal therapy is a dental specialty that focuses on the health of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Treatments include:
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is considered the first line of treatment for gum disease. This procedure first involves removing deposits of plaque and tartar from just below the gumline, then the roots of the teeth are smoothed to encourage the gums to reattach, closing the periodontal pockets where plaque collects.
Gum grafting is used to treat gum recession for both aesthetic and oral health reasons. Gum grafts improve the appearance of your smile, reduce painful sensitivity from exposed roots, and give your teeth more stability.
Advanced cases of gum disease often benefit from periodontal surgery, rather than scaling and root planing. These procedures remove diseased areas and promote healing.
Bone preservation is often used in conjunction with dental implants, as implants need a stable base of support from the jaw in order to be successful. We offer a number of different bone preservation techniques, depending on your needs.
Benefits of Periodontal Therapy
The primary benefit of periodontal therapy is improved oral health. Without healthy gums, you can’t have healthy teeth. Untreated gum disease has an impact on your overall health as well, putting you at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes complications, and even preterm labor.
Are You a Good Candidate for Periodontal Therapy?
You are a good candidate for periodontal therapy if you have gum disease, if you need bone grafting prior to getting dental implants, or if you have aesthetic concerns about the appearance of your gums.
Why Choose San Francisco Dental Wellness?
San Francisco Dental Wellness offers in-house periodontal services for our patients’ convenience. This means you can get the periodontal care you need without having to seek out a separate practice for it.
What are the signs of periodontal disease?
The first signs of periodontal disease are swollen, red, and bleeding gums. As periodontal disease progresses, you may also experience discharge near the infected areas, an unpleasant taste or odor, and teeth that feel loose or shift in the mouth.
Is gum disease reversible?
When gum disease is treated in its earliest stages, it is reversible. In more advanced stages, the active infection can be treated, but there will likely be permanent damage to the teeth, gums, and jaw that will need to be addressed with restorative dental and periodontal procedures.
Can my teeth be saved if I have periodontal disease?
Yes, periodontal disease does not always result in losing teeth, particularly when it’s treated promptly. In fact, most patients are able to retain all of their natural teeth if they take a proactive approach to getting the treatment they need.
What happens if gum disease goes untreated?
If periodontal disease goes untreated, it can result in jawbone loss, tooth loss, and impact your overall health.
Is a gum graft permanent?
Yes, gum grafts are permanent. As long as you follow our aftercare instructions and practice good oral hygiene habits, you can expect your gum graft to last a lifetime.