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Dr. Alavi will recommend the appropriate gum treatment after evaluating your gums, teeth and bite. Periodontal or gum disease is a silent, chronic bacterial infection around the gum and bone that yor support teeth.

Periodontal disease progresses as the space (pocket or sulcus) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar causing irritation and inflammation to the surrounding tissues. The initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis but if left untreated will lead to periodontitis.

What is gingivitis and how is it treated?

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums caused by irritants, such as bacteria, plaque, and tartar around teeth. Dr. Alavi’s well trained hygienist can gently remove the irritants with special instruments called scalers. Followed by proper oral hygiene, regular check-ups and professional cleanings, and a healthy diet, we can eliminate gingivitis and maintain healthy gums for life.

What is periodontitis and how is it treated?

If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis. Periodontitis involves loss of bone and gum attachment around teeth. This will cause deep pockets between teeth and gums. The dentist or hygientis will measure these pockets using a probe. The treatment of periodontitis is more involved. The hygienist must perform scaling and root planning under local anesthesia. The hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar both above and below the gum line to the base of the pockets and smoothen any rough spots on root surfaces. After deep cleaning therapy, the gum tissue will be re-examined to evaluate the improvement in gum health and see what future treatments are needed to maintain periodontal health.

Dr. Robert Alavi Dentistry

1420 Guernevill Rd #2 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 | Phone: 707-578-3776 | Fax: 707-578-1060

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