periodontal care in bakersfield

Periodontal Care
in Bakersfield

Letting your oral health slip is nothing to be ashamed of. Unfortunately, developing gingivitis or gum disease happens to the best of us. We’re here to help get you back on track.

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Do I really need periodontal care?

If you suspect that you may need periodontal care, there’s no time like the present to protect your smile and preserve your natural tooth structure. Periodontitis can have damaging effects. In fact, in some severe cases, patients can even end up losing teeth. If you notice any symptoms such as inflamed or bleeding gums, it’s important to seek intervention as soon as possible.

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When caught early, gingivitis can be treatable and reversible.

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Gentle Treatment With Laser Therapy

With laser technology, we are able to offer gum disease treatment that is more comfortable than ever before. Laser therapy is a non-surgical treatment that effectively removes harmful bacteria from under the gums and promotes healthy tissue regeneration.

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The Benefits of Periodontal Care

Restore Your Health

With early intervention, periodontal treatment can reverse the effects of gingivitis and restore your smile to its natural health.

Prevent Further Damage

Regular periodontal maintenance helps keep your smile healthy and free from the harmful buildup of plaque and bacteria.

Save Money

Periodontal care helps you avoid more costly, invasive procedures such as gum grafts, tooth extractions, and dental implants.

The Deep Cleaning Process

Thorough Evaluation

The first step in your treatment involves a thorough evaluation of your gum health. We use periodontal probing as a precise method to measure the depth of the space between your gum and tooth, which helps us assess the extent of inflammation and identify specific areas in need of care. This initial assessment is crucial as it enables us to tailor a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs, ensuring a targeted approach to your gum health.

Scaling & Root Planing

Following your evaluation, we move on to the treatment phase. This includes a deep cleaning process, known as scaling and root planing, which is essential for removing plaque and tartar buildup from beneath the gumline. For cases that require further intervention, treatments such as gingival irrigation and laser therapy may be recommended. These procedures are aimed at flushing out bacteria, reducing inflammation, and promoting the healing of your gums. The specific treatments you receive will be based on the professional judgment of Dr. Hannah or our hygienist, utilizing the latest in dental technology and techniques to ensure your comfort and the best possible outcome.

Gum Re-Evaluation

About 4-6 weeks after your deep cleaning, we conduct a re-evaluation of your gums through another round of periodontal probing. This follow-up assessment allows us to measure the improvement in your gum health and determine the next steps in your care. If we find that your gums have stabilized, we will recommend maintenance cleanings once every six months to keep your gums healthy. However, if there is still inflammation, more frequent cleanings every three months may be necessary to effectively manage your condition. This step is critical for adjusting your treatment plan as needed and ensuring that we are providing the most effective care for your gums.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these frequently asked questions, or call us to speak with our team.

What are the stages of gum disease?

Gum disease is commonly split into three different stages. The first stage is called gingivitis. In this stage, there is usually no permanent damage to your teeth or gums yet. This means your dentist will likely be able to reverse and eliminate gum disease with proper care. Common symptoms of gingivitis include bleeding when brushing, inflamed and discolored gums, and chronic bad breath.

If left to worsen, gingivitis will advance to the second stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis. This stage of gum disease is unfortunately not reversible, but can be controlled with proper intervention. Symptoms of periodontitis usually include gum recession, increased sensitivity or sore teeth and gums, excessive gum bleeding, and very swollen or puffy gums.

The final stage is advanced periodontitis. In this stage, permanent damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw bone occurs. Common symptoms include pus forming between the teeth and gums, shifting of the teeth, changes in your bite, or the loosening of one or more teeth. Surgical intervention is usually necessary to treat advanced periodontitis. In very severe cases, your teeth may even need to be extracted and replaced with a dental prosthetic like dentures or dental implants.

Is gum disease contagious?

No, gum disease is not contagious. This is because it is caused by bacteria that are already present in all of our mouths. In a healthy mouth, these bacteria are not found in a high enough quantity to cause gum disease. These bacteria become an issue when they are left to reproduce and grow uncontrollably. Gum disease occurs when poor oral hygiene allows bacteria to reproduce, or if a patient is genetically predisposed to gum disease.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by large quantities of bacteria flourishing in the mouth. This can be caused by poor oral hygiene. Failing to brush and floss properly allows the bacteria that are present in your mouth to reproduce and form plaque and tartar between your teeth and your gums. Over time, these bacteria begin to attack and infect your gum tissue. Over time, this infection can result in permanent, irreversible damage to your oral health unless you seek out proper treatment.

Some patients are also genetically predisposed to developing gum disease. This is why it is important to discuss with your doctor if there is a history of gum disease in your family. You and your doctor will work together to employ the best at-home care and in-office treatments to protect against it.

Why do I need antibiotics?

Periodontal disease forms when there is inflammation in the gums. This inflammation can lead to infection caused by an abundance of harmful oral bacteria. Your dentist may prescribe you antibiotics to help kill and control this harmful bacteria, allowing your gums to heal. If you are prescribed antibiotics to help control your periodontal disease, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions to a tee to ensure the harmful bacteria is eradicated. If you fail to complete the full prescription of antibiotics, the bacteria could become resistant to subsequent treatments with the medication.

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