Periodontal Services

Periodontal services encompass a range of specialized dental treatments aimed at diagnosing, preventing, and treating diseases and conditions affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. These services typically include professional cleanings, scaling and root planing, gum surgery, and ongoing maintenance to restore and maintain optimal periodontal health.

The benefits of periodontal services extend beyond oral health, encompassing improved systemic health, reduced risk of tooth loss, enhanced aesthetics, and overall well-being. By addressing gum disease and related issues, periodontal services contribute to a healthier mouth, a more confident smile, and a higher quality of life for individuals of all ages. 

Periodontal Disease 

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It typically begins with the accumulation of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, on the teeth and gums. If not adequately removed through proper oral hygiene practices, plaque can harden into tartar, leading to irritation and inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). Without intervention, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, where the infection spreads deeper into the gums and bone, causing gum recession, tooth mobility, and tooth loss.

Periodontal disease not only jeopardizes oral health but is also linked to systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are essential for early detection and effective management of periodontal disease. 

Some Periodontal Services

Professional Cleanings 

Regular dental cleanings are the foundation of periodontal care, thoroughly removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the teeth and gum line. Dental hygienists utilize specialized instruments to clean areas that are difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing, helping to prevent gum disease and maintain optimal oral hygiene. 

Scaling and Root Planing 

Scaling and root planing, or deep cleaning, is a nonsurgical procedure designed to treat gum disease and prevent its progression. During this treatment, the dental professional removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line (scaling) and smoothens the root surfaces of the teeth (root planing) to promote gum reattachment and prevent further bacterial buildup. 

Gum Surgery 

In cases of advanced gum disease or periodontal pockets, surgical intervention may be necessary to restore gum health and prevent tooth loss. Gum surgery procedures such as flap surgery, gum grafts, and pocket reduction surgery aim to remove diseased tissue, reshape the gums, and promote healing and regeneration of healthy gum tissue. 

Dental Implants 

Restorative dentistry procedures like dental implants can be classified as periodontal services as they replace missing teeth and restore oral function and aesthetics. This surgical procedure involves placing titanium posts into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots, onto which prosthetic teeth or dental restorations are attached. Dental implants provide a durable and natural-looking solution for tooth replacement, preventing bone loss and preserving oral health.  

Periodontal Maintenance 

Periodontal maintenance is an essential aspect of long-term gum health. It involves regular follow-up appointments to monitor gum health, assess the effectiveness of treatment, and prevent the recurrence of gum disease. Periodontal maintenance visits typically include professional cleanings, gum assessments, and personalized oral hygiene instructions to maintain optimal gum health. 

Laser Therapy 

Laser therapy has revolutionized periodontal treatment as a minimally invasive and highly effective alternative to traditional gum surgery. Dental lasers can target and remove diseased tissue, kill bacteria, and promote tissue regeneration with greater precision and minimal discomfort than conventional methods. Call us to learn more.

The Benefits of Periodontal Services 

Prevention of Gum Disease 

Periodontal services, such as professional cleanings and regular dental checkups, help prevent gum disease by removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the teeth and gum line. By addressing the early signs of gingivitis and periodontitis, these services reduce the risk of inflammation, infection, and gum recession, preserving gum health and integrity. 

Treatment of Gum Disease 

For individuals affected by gum disease, periodontal services have effective treatments to address infection, inflammation, and periodontal pocketing. Procedures such as scaling and root planing, gum surgery, and maintenance therapy help restore gum health, promote tissue regeneration, and prevent further damage to the gums and supporting structures. 

Preservation of Oral Health 

Healthy gums are essential for maintaining the integrity of the teeth and supporting structures. By preventing gum disease and addressing oral health issues promptly, periodontal services help preserve natural teeth, reduce the risk of tooth loss, and prevent bone loss, ensuring optimal oral health and function. 

Improved Systemic Health 

Gum disease has been linked to various systemic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. Periodontal services that address gum disease and promote gum health contribute to overall health and well-being, reducing the risk of systemic complications and improving quality of life. 

Enhanced Aesthetics 

Healthy gums and supporting structures are essential for a beautiful smile. Periodontal services help address gum recession, uneven gum lines, and excessive gum tissue, enhancing smile aesthetics and boosting self-confidence. 

Long-term Cost Savings 

Investing in preventive periodontal care can save money in the long run by reducing the need for costly dental treatments and addressing oral health issues before they escalate. Individuals can enjoy a lifetime of smiles without breaking the bank by prioritizing gum health and seeking regular periodontal services. 

Periodontal services encompass a diverse array of treatments tailored to address each patient's unique needs, ensuring optimal gum health and oral well-being. If you have concerns about your gum health or would like to schedule a periodontal evaluation, visit Blue Turtle Dental at one of our convenient locations at 2290 Birch St, Ste A, Palo Alto, CA 94306; 81 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA 94062; or 1394 Franklin St., Santa Clara, CA 95050. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at (650) 503-6777, (650) 345-5300, or (408) 246-6030. Your gums deserve the best care, and periodontal services can help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health for years.


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