Periodontics care in Petaluma, CA

Your gums play an important role in both your oral health and your overall health and well-being. Gum disease can not only lead to unnecessary pain and tooth loss, but has also been linked to a variety of systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, strokes, and diabetes. At North Bay Smiles, Dr. Yvonne Szyperski provides periodontics care to help patients in the Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Santa Rosa, Novato, and surrounding CA communities achieve and maintain healthy gums and radiant smiles.

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who provides specialized care for the gums, soft tissues, and underlying bone in your mouth. In addition to receiving general dental school training, a periodontist undergoes three additional years of education on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease. A periodontist can help you manage issues such as:

  • Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease
  • Mild to moderate periodontitis
  • Advanced-stage periodontitis
  • Tooth loss due to gum disease and the associated loss of bone

When to see a periodontist

Gum disease is a progressive condition that will only get worse if it is left untreated, so it is important to see your dentist at the first signs of gum disease. Common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Irritated or painful gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Exposed tooth roots (recessed gumline)
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding when you brush or floss

In addition, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis are all closely linked with gum disease. If you are suffering from one of these conditions, it is vital to see your dentist regularly to monitor your gum health.

Treating gum disease

At North Bay Smiles, treating gum disease is a highly personalized process that is designed for your specific oral health needs. At its early stages, gingivitis may be managed and reversed with more diligent home hygiene and more frequent professional cleanings. After gingivitis has progressed into periodontal disease, which is associated with the formation of pockets of bacteria and plaque that cause your gums to separate from your teeth, one or more of the following treatments may be recommended:

  • A deep periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing to clean the periodontal pockets and help your gums re-adhere to your tooth roots
  • Antibacterial mouth rinses to eliminate any lingering bacteria after you brush and floss
  • Oral/systemic antibiotics to help control the infection
  • Gum surgery to remove the diseased tissue, rebuild healthy gum tissue through gum grafting, and recontour your gum line

Gum disease is a serious oral health issue, but Dr. Szyperski will work with you every step of the way to help ensure that you achieve the best outcomes from your treatment. To schedule your appointment at North Bay Smiles, call us in Petaluma, CA today at (707) 306-8001!