Periodontal Treatment in Hayward, CA
Healthy gums are an important part of a healthy mouth. Infections like gingivitis can cause soreness and bleeding if left untreated. Severe cases of gingivitis will lead to periodontitis, which can result in bone and tooth loss and an overall weakening of the immune system.
Our dental office in Hayward, CA takes your oral health very seriously. If you are suffering from periodontal problems, we have solutions that will improve the appearance and health of your smile.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
When plaque builds up on the teeth, it can harden and turn to a calculus called tartar. If tartar is left untreated, it often leads to gingivitis and other gum diseases. To prevent this, we offer a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planning.
Scaling is the process of removing the tartar from your teeth. This is normally painless and does not require anesthesia. If your teeth are particularly sensitive or your gums are inflamed, we may need to numb the area. Dr. Tran or Dr. Villas will discuss this with you if necessary.
Root planing is a method of cleaning the root surfaces, removing plaque and tartar build-up, and leaving a smooth surface that is more difficult for the bacteria to adhere to. You may require local anesthetic before root planing.
Scaling and root planing are usually done by quadrant and will be performed over multiple visits, particularly in cases of severe tartar build-up. The procedures are relatively painless and can help clear up sore and tender gums in a short amount of time. We may augment the healing process with antibiotics placed in the gum pockets to treat more acute infections.
Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your gums, Highland Dental of Hayward offers cosmetic periodontal surgery. Drs. Tran and Villas can use dental crown lengthening to sculpt your gumline and reveal more of the tooth crown, correcting a “gummy” smile. This procedure can also be utilized to make crowning a tooth possible if the exposed tooth isn’t sufficient to anchor an artificial crown.
If your gums have receded due to infection or aging, leaving you with an elongated tooth, we can perform a soft tissue graft to augment the existing gumline and improve the appearance of your smile. This procedure also helps to minimize gum pockets, reducing the chance of future periodontal infections.
Bone grafting procedures are generally used to prepare a site for a surgical implant. If your existing bone structure has deteriorated, we may need to perform a ridge augmentation, adding additional bone to the surgical site. We can also perform sinus augmentation if your sinuses are too low to safely insert an implant into the jaw. This procedure adds additional bone structure, raising the sinuses to a safe distance.
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