When you think about your dental health, you may think about your teeth first; however, the gums and supporting tissues are also an important part of your oral health. If the gums become diseased or damaged, it may result in serious complications for your smile. One of the most common dental problems we treat at Smiles Unlimited is periodontal disease, or gum disease. This is a degenerative condition caused by bacteria in plaque and tartar. When plaque and tartar accumulate on the teeth, the bacteria cause irritation and inflammation in the gum tissues. If not treated, this may eventually lead to gum recession, bone loss, and even tooth loss.
To keep your smile healthy and to avoid these consequences, our dentist offers periodontics, or treatment for gum disease, in Livermore, California. While the specific treatment for you will depend on your individual needs and the condition of your smile, some of our common gum treatments include additional professional cleanings, improved at-home dental care, antibiotic treatment, and deep cleanings called scaling and root planing. Our goal is to halt the progress of the disease and encourage the growth of healthy gum tissue. To learn more about periodontics and to set up your next appointment with Dr. Rakhi Jani, we welcome you to call or visit our office today. We look forward to improving your dental health!