Periodontics can reduce your risk of gum recession and tooth loss if you have gum disease. At Las Positas Family Dental in Livermore, California, Thi Hoang, DDS, Theresa Hoang, DDS, and the team offer various periodontal treatments, including dental implants, bone grafts, flap surgery, and scaling and root planing. Call Las Positas Family Dental to make a periodontal appointment or book one online today.

How is periodontics different from regular dentistry?

Periodontics is a dental subspecialty focused on diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders that affect the tissues around your teeth, including the gums, jaws, and alveolar bone (the bone that anchors your teeth).

The periodontists at Las Positas Family Dental completed four years of traditional dental school, followed by three years of specialized periodontal training. 

How can I benefit from periodontics?

You might benefit from periodontal treatment if you have any of the following symptoms:

Persistent bad breath

Loose teeth

Sensitive teeth

Painful chewing

Red or swollen gums

If you have gum disease, your gums might bleed when you brush
or floss.

What services does periodontics provide?

The Las Positas Family Dental team offers various periodontal services, including:

Scaling and root planing

During scaling and root planing, your periodontist cleans plaque –– a mix of saliva, food particles, and bacteria –– from underneath your gums and between your teeth. They also smooth the surfaces of your teeth to prevent buildup from recurring.

Gum flap surgery

During this procedure, your periodontist makes several small incisions and folds your gums away from your teeth, allowing them to access and eliminate the infection below. Afterward, your periodontist repositions your gum tissue and stitches it into place.

Gum grafts

If you have receding gums, the team might recommend a gum graft.    During a gum graft, your periodontist takes a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth and stitches it over an area of receding gums. After placement, the graft fuses with your gum tissue preventing further damage.

Dental bone grafts

Sometimes, gum disease eats away at the jaws or alveolar bone. A bone graft uses a piece of natural or synthetic bone to encourage the growth of new and healthy bone tissue. The team at Las Positas Family Dental often performs bone grafts before dental implant surgery.

Dental implants

Dental implants can restore your smile if you’ve lost some or all of your natural teeth.    Implants are titanium posts your periodontist inserts into your empty tooth sockets. The implants integrate with your bone and can support crowns, bridges, or implant-retained dentures.

Regardless of your needs, the team can develop a personalized treatment plan that keeps your gums healthy. 
Call Las Positas Family Dental to schedule a periodontics visit, or book one online today.