At Plaza Dental Group in San Jose, we specialize in periodontics, a branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and other conditions affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Our experienced periodontists, Dr. Maryam Jahani, Dr. Preethi Bangalore, and Dr. Ivan Lee, lead our team in providing comprehensive periodontal care to patients throughout the San Jose, CA area.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth. It is caused by bacteria in dental plaque, a sticky film that forms on the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems. The two main stages of periodontal disease are:

  • Gingivitis: The early stage of periodontal disease, characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.
  • Periodontitis: The advanced stage of periodontal disease, in which the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that become infected. The bone and connective tissue that support the teeth can also be damaged, potentially leading to tooth loss.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Symptoms of periodontal disease may include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in bite or fit of dentures

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with our doctors at Plaza Dental Group for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation.

Periodontal Treatments

At Plaza Dental Group, we offer a range of periodontal treatments to meet the individual needs of our patients. These treatments may include:

  • Scaling and Root Planing: A deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line and smooths the root surfaces to promote healing.
  • Periodontal Maintenance: Regular cleanings and check-ups to help prevent the progression of periodontal disease.
  • Gum Grafting: A surgical procedure to restore gum tissue that has receded due to periodontal disease.
  • Bone Grafting: A surgical procedure to regenerate lost bone tissue and support the teeth.
  • Dental Implants: A permanent solution for missing teeth, dental implants can be placed after periodontal disease has been treated and the gums and bone have healed.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to practice good oral hygiene habits, including:

  • Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing daily to remove plaque and food particles between the teeth
  • Using an antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen breath
  • Eating a balanced diet and limiting sugary and starchy foods
  • Scheduling regular dental check-ups and cleanings at Plaza Dental Group

At Plaza Dental Group, we are committed to helping our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. If you are concerned about periodontal disease or have any questions about our periodontal services, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maryam Jahani, Dr. Preethi Bangalore, and Dr. Ivan Lee. With her expertise and dedication to patient care, you can trust that you are receiving the highest quality periodontal treatment in San Jose.