Periodontal Care

San Francisco

Periodontal care is an integral part of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful. At Uno Dental, we’re proud to offer some of the best in periodontal care at our state-of-the-art practice in San Francisco so you can relax and feel confident about your oral health.

Periodontal Care

San Francisco

Periodontal care is an integral part of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful. At Uno Dental, we’re proud to offer some of the best in periodontal care at our state-of-the-art practice in San Francisco so you can relax and feel confident about your oral health.

Periodontal care goes hand-in-hand with regular preventive care. Periodontal means “around the tooth,” and periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria, food, and saliva that can cause decay over time. To keep your teeth and bones healthy and functioning, plaque and calculus should be regularly and carefully removed by your board certified dentist.

The fact is, most people have some form of periodontal disease and don’t even know it. In the early stages (called gingivitis), it can be undetectable. In later stages, though, it can manifest as painfully swollen and red gums. That’s when you’ll need the customized and experienced care of our periodontal team at Uno Dental. Our goal is to help you succeed – both in taking care of your oral health and in understanding the best way to enjoy a healthy and vibrant lifestyle going forward.

Why Choose Periodontal Care at Uno Dental San Francisco?

It’s believed that periodontal disease is linked to many different health concerns like cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and pregnancy risks. It’s also the primary reason for tooth loss, which can come with many of its own health and oral concerns. Fortunately, the most effective way to prevent periodontal disease is through regular cleanings with your dentist. During your appointment with Dr. Kandar, we’ll help you learn the right steps to take at home to care for your teeth and gums for the long term.

There are a few key symptoms that mean you should schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable and supportive team. These include:

  • Bleeding when you floss or brush
  • Looseness or space around the teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gumline
  • Puffiness or redness
  • Discomfort

With the right care, our team can make sure you’re comfortable, educated, and confident in your oral health. We understand dental care can cause anxiety and frustration, so our goal is to provide an exceptionally pampered experience the best in technologies and approaches.

What Can I Expect During Periodontal Treatment?

Periodontal disease can be diagnosed by your dentist during your regular preventive care appointment. In fact, this should always be a regular part of your check-up. During this process, a very small and precise probe is carefully inserted next to the tooth where the gum tissue hangs over. This is completely painless and you’ll only feel some slight pressure. The probe can help us measure the amount of depth between the tooth and gumline, and a healthy gap should measure about three millimeters. If the probe measures deeper, it’s likely there’s some decay occurring.

Your customized treatment for periodontal disease can depend on the severity. In its early stages, periodontal disease can be managed with professional cleanings and some adjustments to your at-home care. As it progresses, a technique called scaling and root planing can achieve a deep cleaning both above and below the gumline while also smoothing rough spots where tartar and calculus have built up. This is performed using special numbing so you’re comfortable. With the right preventive care at home, you can enjoy long-term results.

How Can I Get the Best Results from My Periodontal Treatment?

The best way to maintain good periodontal health is by taking a few important steps. Firstly, you should make sure to gently brush your teeth twice every day – make sure to use a soft-bristled brush, warm water, and sugar-free toothpaste. Make sure to concentrate your effort on the gumline using gentle circles and angle your toothbrush so the bristles can clean under the gums. Secondly, you should make sure to floss once per day (after you’re finished eating for the day, for example) and make sure to gently work the floss under your gums around each tooth. Thirdly, you should enjoy sugary drinks and foods sparingly, and make sure to rinse with water afterward. Finally, you should see your dentist at least every six months for a professional cleaning. With these steps, you can help prevent buildup and irritation that can cause periodontal disease going forward.

Schedule an Appointment

At Uno Dental, we’re here to help. During your appointment with our team, we’ll help you learn more about how to take care of your oral health and make sure your teeth are clean and healthy in a luxurious, judgement-free environment. To get started and meet with Dr. Kandar, we invite you to contact our San Francisco office by calling or filling out our online form.

Periodontal FAQs

Do I need periodontal maintenance forever?

The good news is that, with the right care steps, periodontal disease can be treated such that you have no more signs of active decay or infection. In this case, you’ll simply undergo regular professional cleaning as often as your dentist recommends.

How often should you have periodontal cleaning?

The AAD recommends you see your dentist for a routine periodontal cleaning at least twice per year. If you have concerns like more advanced periodontal disease, you may need to see your dentist more often for professional cleaning.

Do gums reattach after deep cleaning?

The goal of a deep cleaning is to remove built-up bacteria underneath the gumline around each tooth. After this is complete, your gums can naturally re-attach to prevent bacteria from causing further decay.

How long does a periodontal cleaning take?

Deep cleaning, called scaling and root planing, can take about one or two hours per side of the mouth. This is usually done over the span of a couple visits.

Does periodontal disease go away?

Once gingivitis progresses into periodontal disease, it is not reversible, but it is often manageable with regular periodontal cleanings.

What are some early warning signs of periodontal disease?

Many of the symptoms associated with periodontal disease are not detectable until the disease is in its later stages. These symptoms include bad breath, inflammation of the gums, and bleeding when you brush and floss.

How painful is periodontal treatment?

Diagnosing and treating periodontitis is usually completely painless, as our dentists use specific numbing solutions to ensure patients are comfortable during the probing, scaling, and root planing procedures that are necessary in combating gum disease.

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

Simply practicing good dental hygiene on a daily basis and seeing your dentist regularly are the best ways to prevent periodontal disease.