Keeping Your Gums in Good Shape
Conservative estimates indicate that up to 80% of the popular unknowingly has some form of gum disease. The mildest form is known as gingivitis and is easy to correct. The more advanced form is known as periodontitis. If left untreated, periodontitis can severely damage your oral health and even put you at a greater risk for health problems like heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. As an experienced periodontist, Dr. Provines will be happy to assess your gums and recommend treatment options that will help you optimize your gum health with periodontal care in Sunnyvale, CA.
Why Choose Joe A. Provines, DMD for Periodontal Care?
- State-of-the-Art Technology
- Highly Experienced Doctor
- Nonsurgical Gum Recession Treatment
Early Signs of Gum Disease
Early-stage gum disease, or gingivitis, often forms with few, or even no, symptoms at all. However, it can eventually cause your gums to become red or swollen, and you may experience bleeding when you brush or floss. Thankfully, gingivitis can often be cleared up with proper home care and with a deep cleaning procedure.
Advanced Periodontal Care
During a deep cleaning, Dr. Provines will use two advanced services to help you remove harmful plaque and tartar from your mouth: scaling and root planing. In addition to removing plaque and tartar, we’ll talk to you about your homecare routine. While gingivitis can be cured, frequent cleanings and a quality homecare regimen are both essential for keeping your mouth disease-free.
In cases of advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, we may pair scaling and root planing with an antibiotic or even surgery. Removing plaque and tartar from below the gumline will prevent your condition from worsening and halt the progression of your disease while promoting tissue regeneration.
Regardless of your situation, Dr. Provines will oversee your treatment and partner with your dentist to monitor your progress and provide ongoing care.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique
Not all gum surgeries require grafts and sutures. With the Chao Pinhole Technique, we can reverse gum recession and re-cover the roots of your teeth with a single, straightforward surgical treatment. We make a small hole in the gum tissue, then gently loosen it with special instruments. Once that’s done, we can then expand and slide the gum line as needed so that it covers the appropriate amount of root structure without the need for donor tissue.
If gum disease has caused the soft tissues protecting the roots of your teeth to recede, we can replace what was lost with a gum grafting procedure. Normally, the tissue will come from the roof of your mouth, but for more extensive procedures we might need a separate donor. Gum grafting is often essential because the roots of the teeth aren’t as well protected as the crown; leaving them exposed could very easily lead to decay.
Laser Gum Therapy
Lasers have multiple uses when fighting gum disease. For one thing, they’re useful for sterilizing the area and reducing the levels of harmful bacteria in your mouth. They can also remove infected gum tissue with a minimal amount of bleeding. Since our dental laser is so precise, it is very easy to remove the problematic tissue while leaving the healthy portions of the gums intact. The treatment is so comfortable that we often don’t even need to numb your mouth for the procedure.
Contact Us to Learn More
Do you have questions about gum disease or therapy with scaling and root planing? Don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have a periodontal specialty dental office in Sunnyvale and are always happy to help those in need of periodontal care.