Periodontics Specialist

Valle Smiles

Dentistry located in Fairfield, CA

About 50% of Americans over the age of 30 currently suffer from advanced periodontal (gum) disease, and many others have early stage gum disease. Fortunately, this pervasive problem is easily treated by the team of skilled specialists at Valle Smiles in Fairfield, California. Reach out for periodontics help by using the online scheduler, or you can call the office now.

Periodontics Q & A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is inflammation in your gum tissue, which can range from mild to severe. 

Gingivitis

Early gum disease, called gingivitis, happens when your gums grow tender, swollen, and prone to bleeding when you brush. Usually, gingivitis is easily treated with a change in your oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings at Valle Smiles. 

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is moderate gum disease in which your gums form gaps, creating pockets where plaque accumulates under the gumline. At that point, you start to lose gum tissue and bone in your jaw. Tooth roots can also be quite susceptible to decay with periodontitis. 

If you suffer from periodontitis, you usually have tooth sensitivity when you drink hot or cold beverages, along with gum soreness and bleeding.

Advanced periodontitis

Advanced periodontitis is the severe form of gum disease when you’ve lost significant gum and bone tissue. At this stage, teeth often grow loose due to lack of support. You may need tooth extractions along with special treatments to regrow bone and gums so you can get dental implants to replace your lost teeth. 

If untreated, gum disease can cause major health issues in your whole body, including heart disease and stroke. 

What causes gum disease?

The main cause of gum disease is plaque, the biofilm that collects on your teeth between brushings. Plaque contains bacteria that generate enzymes and toxins, which trigger inflammation, leading to symptoms of gum disease. 

Other factors can contribute to gum disease, too. Common risk factors include poor dietary habits, teeth grinding, smoking, and age. By age 65, more than 70% of Americans have periodontal disease. If your parents and other immediate relatives had periodontal disease, you’re more likely to have it yourself.

What periodontics treatments are available?

Valle Smiles offers full-scale periodontic care, including scaling and root planing. This type of deep dental cleaning focuses on both your teeth and the pockets of plaque below the gumline. Generally, you receive local anesthesia and sedation for this type of cleaning.

When you need tooth extractions or have already lost teeth to periodontal disease, the best solution is usually tooth replacement with a dental implant. To create enough healthy jawbone for the new implant, you may need bone regeneration procedures, such as a socket regeneration or a sinus lift. 

For periodontics with care, call Valle Smiles or click the online booking tool now.