Periodontics Specialist

Golden State Smiles

Dentistry located in San Leandro, CA & Concord, CA

Periodontics and effective personalized dental treatments can enhance your dental health and protect your gums, teeth, and smile. At Golden State Smiles, with two offices in San Leandro and Concord, California, the dental experts provide quality periodontics and a range of dental treatments. Dharaben Munjpara, DDS, Douglas Mo, DDS, and their team can examine your mouth to determine your risk of developing periodontal disease and treat the condition, if necessary. Request an appointment at Golden State Smiles by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.

Periodontics Q & A

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is a branch of dentistry focused on the gums and other structures in your mouth surrounding your teeth. A periodontist monitors the health of your gums and treats diseases affecting your gums. A periodontist can: 

  • Treat severe periodontitis
  • Clean infected surfaces in your mouth
  • Place and maintain dental implants
  • Treat gingivitis (mild periodontitis)
  • Remove infected or damaged tissue

Unhealthy gums can be detrimental for your mouth and are even associated with serious diseases like coronary artery disease, stroke, and arthritis.

Do I need periodontal care?

Periodontal disease has many telling symptoms. Periodontal care may be necessary if you have symptoms like:

  • Sensitive teeth and gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth

If you or your child has these symptoms and they don’t subside, you might have periodontal disease. You should seek treatment as soon as possible to preserve your gums and your natural teeth.

Am I at risk of getting periodontal diseases?

The following factors can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease: 

  • Obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Genetics
  • Hormone changes
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • A poor diet
  • Old age
  • Drug abuse

If several of these risk factors apply to you, you might benefit from more frequent dental checkups, cleanings, and periodontal care.

How is periodontal disease treated?

At Golden State Smiles, your periodontist determines the best course of treatment for you depending on your needs and the severity of your condition.

Your periodontist might suggest medications and healthy lifestyle changes for cases of gum disease that aren’t severe. More advanced cases of gum disease might need oral surgery to restore your smile.

Some of the common treatments for periodontal disease are: 

  • Bone grafts
  • Tissue grafts
  • Prescription mouthwash
  • Antiseptic chip (medicated gelatin for your mouth)
  • Flap surgery (surgical pocket reduction)

Before recommending surgery, your periodontist at Golden State Smiles explores all of the other less invasive options. Golden State Smiles uses advanced laser dentistry and provides a range of safe, effective, and personalized periodontal treatments, like sinus lifts, the Pinhole® technique, gum flap surgery, frenectomy, and crown lengthening.

If you think you might have periodontal disease, it’s best to seek professional dental care. To request an appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool today.