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Treatment

Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues.  When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth!

If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended.  You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings.

If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended.  It is usually done one quadrant of the mouth at a time while the area is numb.  In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing).  This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink.  Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.

If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean.  Your dentist may also recommend that you see a periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).

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Dr. Bhagwat and Her staffs are tremendously kind and compassionate group of professionals. Being new to California has seem to hindered the "home feeling" I am use to, but not with Dr.Bhagwat! As soon as I walked in I felt very welcomed, and at ease (as I have never liked dentist visits).Dr. Bhagwat is extremely genuine and gave me honest, straight forward recommendations of how my teeth should be taken care of. I can trust her and highly recommend her to all my friends. The best dentist I've ever had!! Thank you Dr. Bhagwat!

Ian S.

I took my children to see Dr. Bhagwat for a routine dental check up. Prior to this, they had been seeing another dentist, and dental visits used to be quite trying with the kids crying and screaming. However with Dr. Bhagwat they were at ease right away, even smiling and giggling through the visit. She is amazing with children and adults alike, very patient and thorough, and takes the trouble to explain things with great care. She also genuinely cares!

Aditi N.

Had a great experience taking my three year old daughter to see Dr. Bhagwat for a cleaning. She was professional and thorough, while at the same time making my daughter feel very comfortable and at ease. I had worried about how my daughter would handle a dental visit, but I needn't have -- she seemed to have a great time and I don't foresee any issues in getting her to come back for followup visits. Separately, I have also seen Dr.Bhagwat about an issue I was having, and was struck by the depth of her knowledge and willingness to do background research to determine the cause of my problem and resolve it. Overall, highly recommend Dr.Bhagwat for adults and children alike.

Bhaskara M.

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