Periodontics in Pacific Beach
Periodontics refers to a branch of dentistry involving the structures that surround and support your teeth including your gums, bone and periodontal ligaments. The health of your gums and supporting tissues is crucial to the health of your teeth and even your overall health. Swollen and infected gums caused by plaque and tartar can lead to gum (periodontal) disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious health conditions like stroke and heart disease.
As an experienced dentist, Dr. Ricardo Hernandez offers periodontal care to both prevent and treat gum disease. Whether you are noticing the beginning stages of gum disease or are in need of more advanced treatment, Dr. Hernandez of Pacific Beach Smile Studio provides effective treatment and care that helps preserve healthy teeth and gums.
Would You Benefit from Periodontal Treatment?
You may benefit from periodontal treatment if you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Bleeding gums (especially when brushing or flossing)
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Pockets forming between the teeth and gums
- Changes in your bite
Periodontal Treatment Options
Periodontal treatment is designed to address gum disease in its different stages. Maintaining proper oral hygiene including brushing, flossing and routine dental cleanings at our office can help keep your teeth and gums healthy, reducing your risk of gum disease. We offer several treatments to address the different stages of gum disease and its symptoms:
Scaling and Root Planing
In the early stages of gum disease, scaling and root planning can remove tartar and plaque from below the gum line and along the tooth root. The two treatments also smooth out rough spots along the tooth roots that can potentially trap and house bacteria.
Regular Maintenance Care
In some cases, medication in the form of pills, mouth rinses and other topical agents that contain antibiotics and antimicrobials may be prescribed. These medications can be used to maintain the effects of scaling and root planing.
For more advanced stages of gum diseases, surgery may be necessary to prevent tooth and jawbone loss. Flap surgery removes tartar deposits that have formed in the pockets under the gum line. Bone or soft tissue grafts are an option to replace bone or gums that have been lost due to gum disease, restoring support and structure to the teeth. Gum grafting is an option when receding gums are exposing sensitive tooth root. We have a periodontist that comes to the office so you don’t have to be referred out.
Learn About Your Treatment Options
Dr. Hernandez has years of experience diagnosing and treating gum disease. The trusted dentist can design a treatment plan that is personalized to meet your dental concerns. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or are experiencing symptoms, early treatment is necessary to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hernandez, please contact Pacific Beach Smile Studio by calling 858-272-6047 today.