Nearly half of all Americans are affected by gum disease ranging anywhere from mild to severe. This is a progressive condition that affects both the bone (including teeth) and gum tissue of the mouth, eventually causing tooth loss. This disease is so prevalent because its symptoms can often go unnoticed by those it affects and often patients are too afraid to visit the dentist for even routine cleaning appointments. At Green Dentistry, Dr. Nammy Patel educates patients and provides effective, holistic treatments for gum disease. We offer time-tested treatments and modern, comfortable laser dentistry to treat the disease at any stage.
The first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, is curable, but if left untreated can advance to incurable periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.
Without receiving treatment for gum disease you will not only notice changes to your bite and suffer from tooth loss, but research has also linked the disease to systemic health complications! The bacteria that causes gum disease can travel through your blood stream and is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Timely treatment is the best defense for your oral and overall health, sometimes requiring routine periodontal maintenance visits every three months to keep disease in-check and ensure it hasn’t spread. Dr. Patel is experienced at diagnosing and treating gum disease and will do what it takes to better your health and wellbeing. Our effective procedures include:
Dr. Patel has invested in minimally invasive laser dentistry to provide gentle treatment of gum disease. With laser gum disease care, we can eliminate the harmful bacteria without damaging healthy tissue. The laser light even stimulates the jaw bone to promote natural regrowth. This removes the need for scalpels, sutures and minimizes discomfort and bleeding. Patients are able to recover quickly and also require minimal anesthesia.
A tried and true method for treating gum disease, Dr. Patel will surgically remove diseased gum tissue to leave only healthy gums behind. Damaged bone is reshaped and the tooth roots cleansed. Your gums will be held in place with small sutures so they can heal around the teeth.
For every case of gum disease care, we will perform scaling and root planing treatment. Using ultra-fine tools, Dr. Patel will access the area below the gum line to remove any bacteria and plaque buildup on the teeth. By cleansing the tooth roots, gum tissue is able to reattach and heal around the teeth once again.
Those who have suffered from periodontitis or advanced periodontitis will be required to receive routine periodontal maintenance to ensure the disease does not return. Periodontal maintenance involves a deep cleaning of the teeth and gums, including regular scaling and root planing. Regular periodontal maintenance will keep you healthy and prevent infection from affecting other parts of your body.
At Green Dentistry, we believe that keeping your oral health in top condition ensures overall health. Our practice is the first in all of California to be recognized as a green and LEED Certified dental practice for our approach to holistic wellbeing. Dr. Patel offers comprehensive treatments for gum disease in San Francisco, CA, to help cleanse your mouth of infection and get you on the path to wellness. We believe in gentle dentistry and through laser gum disease care, can help you reach your health goals in as minimally invasive a way as possible.