Periodontics and Gum Care

Periodontics and Gum Care

Periodontics and Gum Care

Maintaining good oral health goes beyond caring for your teeth. It also involves caring for your gums, which are crucial in supporting your teeth and oral well-being.

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum diseases and conditions affecting the supporting structures of the teeth. At Waterman Boulevard Family Dentistry, we offer a range of periodontal or gum care treatments to help you maintain long-term oral health and have a beautiful smile. 

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Common Gum Problems 


Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and is caused by the accumulation of plaque on teeth. Symptoms include red, swollen, and bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing. Good oral hygiene practices and professional cleanings can usually reverse gingivitis. 


If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. This stage involves the inflammation and infection of the deeper structures supporting the teeth, potentially leading to bone loss and tooth mobility. Treatment may require more intensive cleanings and, in severe cases, surgical procedures. 

Gum Recession 

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, exposing the tooth roots. It can result from aggressive brushing, periodontal disease, or genetic factors. Receded gums can lead to increased tooth sensitivity and aesthetic concerns. Gum graft surgery may be necessary to cover exposed roots and restore gum health. 

Oral Sores and Lesions 

These can include canker sores, cold sores, and more severe conditions like oral cancer. While not all sores and lesions are related to gum issues, they can affect gum health and should be evaluated by a dentist or oral health professional. 

Periodontal or Gum Care Treatments 

Scaling and Root Planing

This deep cleaning procedure is typically the first step in treating gum disease. It involves the removal of plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline, as well as the smoothing of the tooth roots to promote gum reattachment. 

Gum Graft Surgery 

Gum graft surgery may be necessary for gum recession or exposed tooth roots. In this procedure, gum tissue is taken from one area of the mouth and transplanted to cover the exposed roots, providing protection and improving aesthetics. 

Pocket Reduction Surgery 

Deep gum pockets can form around the teeth in advanced periodontitis, making cleaning and maintaining gum health difficult. Pocket reduction surgery by our dentist in Fairfield, CA, involves folding the gum tissue, removing bacteria, and securing the tissue to reduce pocket depth. 

Laser Gum Therapy 

Laser technology in Fairfield, CA, is commonly used in dentistry to remove infected tissue, disinfect the area, and stimulate gum tissue regeneration. This minimally invasive procedure can effectively treat gum disease and promote healing. 

By understanding the significance of healthy gums, recognizing common gum problems, embracing preventive measures, seeking timely professional treatments, and maintaining good oral hygiene at home, individuals can safeguard their gums and preserve their smiles for a lifetime. For the best dental care, visit Waterman Boulevard Family Dentistry at 2801 Waterman Blvd., STE 120, Fairfield, CA 94534, or call (707) 429-0451.

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Address: 2801 Waterman Blvd STE 120, Fairfield, CA 94534


Phone: (707) 429-0451