Periodontal Services Oakmont
Periodontics is an area of dentistry that includes prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease, as well the placement of dental implants and their maintenance. These two periodontic areas are closely connected: infection or deterioration of your gums will adversely impact the long-term health of your dental implants, and vice-versa. Our Oakmont dentist Dr. Lara Rice understands this important periodontal relationship and provides the following periodontal services to maintain your oral health and enhance your smile:
Dental Implants, to replace single or multiple missing teeth
Periodontal Disease Oakmont
Periodontal disease is a long-term infection in your gums, and it can cause serious problems. If untreated, periodontal disease results in loss of gum tissue, the underlying bone, and eventually loss of your teeth in the infected areas. Over 80% of Americans suffer periodontal disease-inflicted damage to their gums, teeth, and surrounding bone by the age of 45. Your Oakmont dentist Dr. Lara Rice helps you avoid this common dental infection.
Dental plaque is usually the main cause of periodontal disease. Dental plaque is the clear, sticky biofilm that occurs naturally on your teeth above and below the gum line. The millions of bacteria in dental plaque produce toxins that irritate your gums, causing swelling and bleeding. If the dental plaque is not removed and this irritation continues, your gums will separate from your teeth. Deep pockets form, and in this hard-to-clean space more dental plaque and harmful bacteria propagate. Over time, your dental plaque turns into a hard substance called calculus or tartar. Dental plaque can usually be removed with simple brushing and flossing; hardened calculus cannot. You must visit your Oakmont dentist to have your calculus professionally removed. If the calculus is allowed to remain, your gum tissue will continue to recede, your pockets will increase in depth, and the infection will spread to the bone and jeopardize your teeth and jaw.
You can prevent periodontal disease with regular checkups with your Oakmont dentist Dr. Lara Rice and of course with daily brushing and flossing. If you notice red or bleeding gums, please call Oakmont General & Implant Dentistry today for a periodontal checkup (707) 539-8956.
Dental Implants Oakmont
Oakmont dentist Dr. Lara Rice can replace your lost tooth or teeth with dental implants. Dental implants are small titanium screws that anchor into the position of your missing tooth. Oakmont dentist Dr. Lara Rice uses the latest, clinically-tested bio-compatible dental implants, so your bone should grow around them without complication and create a strong foundation. On top of the implant, they place a life-like dental crown, dental bridge, or even full denture if you’re missing all of your teeth. Our goal at Oakmont General & Implant Dentistry is to help you eat and smile with comfort and confidence.