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Periodontal Treatment – Los Gatos, CA

Keeping the Foundation of Your Smile Healthy

Gum disease might not get as much attention as tooth decay, but it’s no less devastating. Not only is it the most common cause of tooth loss, but it also has the potential to contribute to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other systemic illnesses. What’s worse is that more than half of all adults in the United States are suffering from this disease right now, and many of them don’t even realize it! No matter if you’re suffering from an early form of gum disease or a much more advanced infection, Dr. Diercks and Dr. Karamardian are here to help you save your smile. Call the Los Gatos Dental Group today for periodontal treatment in Los Gatos, CA.

Man with healthy smile after periodontal treatment

Why Choose Los Gatos Dental Group for Periodontal Treatment?

  • Advanced, Effective Laser Therapy
  • We’re Great with Anxious or Fearful Patients
  • Very Knowledgeable Dentists

What is Gum Disease?

Animated smile with receiving soft tissue caused by gum disease

When the inflammation from bacteria damages the gums and underlying bone in your mouth, you are suffering from gum disease. When the gums and bone start to break down, your teeth will become loose and may eventually fall out. Gum disease occurs in stages. The earliest stage is called gingivitis, and it can actually be reversed fairly easily with regular dental cleanings as well as improved oral hygiene habits at home. However, if gingivitis is ignored or isn’t treated properly, it can eventually turn into periodontitis; it can’t be cured at that point, but it can be treated so as to minimize the chances of tooth loss occurring.

What are the Signs of Gum Disease?

Smile with red soft tissue due to gum disease

You may not notice the symptoms of gum disease at first; you probably won’t even feel pain. That said, there are several warning signs that can tell you that there’s a problem with your gums. For example, you might notice that your mouth tends to bleed frequently, especially when you brush or floss. You may also notice a persistent bad taste in your mouth, which is often linked to an infection. Of course, you should also keep an eye on the gums themselves to see if they become swollen, red, or tender. In more advanced cases, the gums might start to recede, leaving your teeth looking longer than normal. If any of these symptoms arise, call us as soon as you can!

How is Gum Disease Treated?

Man smiling after gum disease treatment

Even if you’re suffering from an advanced form of gum disease, there are still plenty of ways to treat the damage and prevent tooth loss. We offer multiple periodontal treatment options that can keep you smiling for many more years.

Animated smile during scaling and root planing

Scaling and Root Planing

If you have gingivitis or periodontitis, you’ll need a particularly thorough cleaning if you want to have the harmful bacteria in your mouth removed. With scaling, we can remove plaque, tartar, and infected tissue from around and beneath the gum line. After that, we’ll use root planing to smooth the roots of the teeth so that bacteria can’t build up as easily on them.

Patient taking pill as part of antibiotic therapy for gum disease

Antibiotic Therapy

Scaling and root planing is often used in conjunction with antibiotic therapy. Even after your mouth has been cleaned, there might still be harmful bacteria left in your mouth. By prescribing antibiotic therapy, we can give you a way to continue fighting these bacteria.

Patient receiving laser gum disease therapy

Laser Therapy

While scaling and root planing can be done with traditional dental instruments that you’re used to, using a soft tissue laser to remove infected tissue instead offers several unique benefits. Not only can the procedure be completed in less time, but it also reduces bleeding and speeds up recovery.