Periodontics

Santa Fe Dental -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Santa Fe Dental

Cosmetic Dentist located in Santa Fe Springs, CA

If your gums bleed every time you brush your teeth, or you have chronic bad breath, you might have gum disease. It’s not something to be ignored, as it’s notorious for causing tooth loss. However, with regular check-ups and periodontal cleanings, Dr. Francisco Marquez can prevent the condition from progressing to the point of marring your smile. To safeguard your oral health, click or call today to book an appointment with him at Santa Fe Dental.

Periodontics Q & A

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What are the signs of gum disease?

As plaque and tartar build up under the gums, allowing toxins to infiltrate, they can lead to periodontal disease. Although gum disease causes silent destruction in your mouth, it may leave little traces of its presence in your mouth, including:

  • Painful, swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Sores or pus in your mouth
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Bad breath

If left untreated, periodontal disease progresses and can lead to tooth loss.

What periodontic treatments do you offer for gum disease?

Dr. Marquez starts with the least invasive method to try and eliminate the problem. Periodontal cleanings are necessary to get rid of gum disease.

Scaling and root planning

This procedure involves cleaning the infected tooth surface. First, Dr. Marquez removes all the tartar and plaque from the teeth. Then, he smooths any rough patches on the root to deter bacteria and encourage healthier gums.

Root surface debridement

Debridement involves cleaning the root surface of dense accumulations of plaque and tartar and removing damaged tissue.

Antibiotics and antimicrobials

Dr. Marquez may treat an infected area with local antimicrobials. In some cases, he may prescribe oral antibiotics to rid your system of infection.

Dental Implants

If you’re already experiencing tooth loss, Dr. Marquez can perform oral surgery to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. Implants consist of titanium roots secured to your jaw with a crown on top.

Dr. Marquez may request more frequent cleanings and checkups after he treats gum disease. Ongoing maintenance helps ensure your gums heal properly and the gum disease doesn’t come back.

Should I see my regular dentist or a periodontist?

It’s much more convenient and comfortable to receive treatment from your regular dentist. Dr. Marquez has years of experience treating gum disease, so you can always check with him first. He provides many of the same expert periodontal services at less expense than a specialist.

If Dr. Marquez detects a more complex case of gum disease, he refers you to a periodontist when appropriate.

If you suspect you have gum disease, make an appointment with Dr. Marquez right away to stop it from worsening. Call or use the online scheduler today.