Periodontics in Murrieta, CA
What is Periodontics?
At StarWhite Dental, our specialized team of dental professionals is capable of assisting patients with addressing a wide variety of oral health and periodontics in Murrieta, CA. Our periodontist diagnoses, treat, and prevent periodontal disease.
This serious condition can compromise oral health and even lead to potential issues with overall health, which is why it’s important to prevent it if possible and treat developing conditions as soon as possible.
With special training, years of experience, and the latest dental technologies available, our periodontist in Murrieta, Dr. Hendry, along with the supportive team at our periodontal care, is highly qualified to treat and prevent periodontal disease, even for patients that suffer from advanced cases of periodontitis.
There is a path to achieving good oral health and restoring a beautiful smile, even when suffering from serious oral health concerns. Partnering with the dedicated professionals at our dental clinic is the first step.
If you’re interested in preventing gum disease or addressing current oral health concerns, don’t hesitate to contact StarWhite Dental today at 951-698-4426 to schedule a consultation.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an oral health condition characterized by chronic infection and inflammation that affects the gums and support structures around teeth (i.e., supporting bone), compromising oral health. The biggest culprits in the formation of periodontal disease are tartar and plaque build-up, with several potential causes.
Bacteria is the main cause of tartar and plaque, but the formation of these substances on the surface of teeth, between teeth, and below the gum line has to do with oral care. With a proper daily regimen that includes brushing, flossing, rinsing, and regular dental visits for cleaning and examination, the build-up of plaque and tartar can be prevented or treated before it seriously threatens oral health. Other contributing factors for plaque and tartar could include heredity, age, diet, use of tobacco products, other medical conditions, medications, and more. Still, with proper oral care, you can find ways to combat the causes of gingivitis and periodontitis.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen, tender, and bleeding gums, bad breath, bad taste in the mouth, pus between teeth and gums, receding gum line, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. If you begin to experience any or all of these symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment to meet with the gum specialist at StarWhite Dental.
What is Periodontics, and What Do Periodontists Do?
Periodontics is a branch of dentistry focused on the gums and other structures that support teeth and periodontal disease. A periodontist is a dentist specializing in diagnosing, treating, and preventing gum disease. Periodontists are highly-trained specialists. Following dental school, they receive three additional years of training to prepare to treat periodontal disease at every stage, helping to reverse the damage caused to teeth, gums, and surrounding support structures, as well as restore beautiful smiles.
Periodontists like our own Dr. Hendry are adept at determining risk factors and diagnosing the periodontal disease early to achieve and maintain the best oral health and prevent the onset of gingivitis and periodontitis whenever possible. Dr. Hendry is also skilled in treating periodontal disease, including procedures meant to restore oral health and address cosmetic concerns after the fact.
Whether you are concerned about potential risks for periodontal disease, you already suffer from serious symptoms that require surgical intervention, or you’re ready to restore your smile with dental implants, Dr. Hendry can provide the guidance, planning, and care you need to prevent or overcome periodontal disease. StarWhite Dental is committed to helping patients achieve and maintain good oral health, and Dr. Hendry is proud to provide the superior services and expertise our patients expect.
StarWhite Dental is pleased to offer a wide range of periodontal services that treat every level of periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis. Our periodontal services seek to restore overall oral health, reverse the damaging effects of periodontal disease, salvage natural teeth whenever possible, and restore a smile by cosmetic means if necessary after the fact. Our periodontal services include:
- Scaling and Root Planing
While a general dental practitioner or hygienist is capable of cleaning the surface of the tooth and, in some cases, even delivering deep cleaning below the gum line, a periodontist is trained in special cleaning techniques such as scaling and root planing that remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the roots of teeth. In some cases, antimicrobial or antibiotic treatments are used with scaling and root planning to maximize results and prevent further damage to gums and surrounding support structures. For early cases of periodontal disease, scaling and root planing may be sufficient to restore oral health.
- Root Surface Debridement
This full-mouth procedure may be necessary before scaling, and root planning can begin. It is used in advanced cases of periodontal disease to remove severe plaque and tartar that impede the ability to accurately diagnose a patient’s dental condition. Once root surface debridement is complete, our periodontist can conduct a comprehensive oral examination and evaluation to diagnose oral health and create a plan for treatment moving forward.
- Regenerative Procedures
Periodontal disease can negatively affect gums and other support structures for teeth when left untreated. Pockets of infection can lead to inflammation and other painful and dangerous conditions. The LANAP laser can be used in place of traditional, invasive surgeries (involving scalpels and stitches) to treat affected tissue while leaving healthy tissue untouched. This can reduce pain and recovery time and even result in the regeneration of bone and gum tissues.
In extreme cases, patients may suffer from receding gum lines and even deterioration of the jaw bone. The good news is there are ways to reverse these symptoms and regain oral health. Gums that have receded, exposing roots and increasing the risk of further damage, can be treated with surgical procedures like gum grafting or, in some cases, minimally-invasive procedures like the pinhole technique. As for bone deterioration, bone grafting or other regenerative procedures may be suitable.
Dr. Hendry has extensive training and experience with various regenerative procedures designed to restore oral health in concert with other treatments to fight periodontal disease. He is a leading practitioner of LANAP laser surgery, with thousands of successful procedures marking him as one of the most experienced dentists in the country.
- The Pinhole Surgical Technique
Dr. Hendry is pleased to offer the Pinhole Surgical Technique for patients with receding gums. This minimally-invasive procedure involves making a tiny hole in the gum tissue so that it can be repositioned to cover exposed roots, prevent further damage, and restore a healthy and attractive gum line. Collagen strips or gum graft material are used to secure the gums. The lack of scalpels and sutures minimizes discomfort and recovery time.
- Microsurgical Gum Grafting
Dr. Hendry offers microsurgical gum grafting with small instruments and minimally-invasive techniques to achieve the same therapeutic results with less downtime than traditional gum grafting procedures for patients who are not good candidates for the pinhole procedure.
- Cosmetic Periodontal Procedures
Periodontal disease can lead to misalignment of teeth, tooth decay, and even tooth loss in severe cases, which is why periodontists are trained in cosmetic periodontal procedures to restore healthy and complete smiles. Suppose the periodontal disease causes your gum line to recede, exposing unsightly roots, causing sensitivity, and opening the door for further oral health issues. In that case, periodontists can perform procedures to build up the gum line or reposition existing gum tissue to cover roots and restore your gum line.
Alternately, your gum line may cover too much of your teeth, causing them to look smaller than they should. In this case, a procedure called crown lengthening can be used to expose more tooth surfaces and create a bigger smile. At StarWhite Dental, our top priority is helping every patient achieve optimum oral health, but we also want to deliver results that ensure you can smile confidently. Cosmetic periodontal procedures may achieve both goals.
- Dental Implants
Tooth loss is possible when the advanced periodontal disease goes untreated. Patients can be understandably traumatized by losing one or several teeth due to the damage caused by periodontal disease. While there are several options to explore when it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are considered the gold standard, and Dr. Hendry is an expert in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.
If you want a tooth replacement that looks and acts like a natural tooth, you’ll find that secure and permanent dental implants are the best option. You can eat, drink, brush, and floss just as you would with your natural teeth, and implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
- Osseous Surgery
Another common name for osseous surgery is pocket reduction surgery, a highly effective option for treating periodontal disease. Gum disease, when left untreated, can quickly progress into advanced periodontal disease. Osseous Surgery works by removing cavities on damaged teeth, food debris that may be stuck in harder-to-reach spaces, and plaque and tartar. The dentist will typically use local anesthesia to numb the area, and the gums are then pulled back to remove any build-up of plaque and tartar. A bone graft may even be necessary in some cases when the patient has insufficient bone tissue. After osseous surgery, patients typically find it easier to keep their mouth clean when their daily dental regimen.
Why Choose StarWhite Dental For Periodontal Treatment in Murrieta?
StarWhite Dental is committed to providing the best possible care to patients, whether they are fighting periodontal disease or seeking preventive measures due to high-risk factors for gingivitis or periodontitis. Dr. Hendry has the education and experience to provide the right treatment for every patient and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the best possible outcomes.
The capable and compassionate professionals at StarWhite Dental are dedicated to providing support and services that make every patient feel comfortable and confident in their care. When dealing with periodontal disease’s painful and embarrassing symptoms, you want the qualified and caring team of dental professionals at StarWhite Dental on your side.
Dr. Hendry is our Murrieta in-office Periodontist and has placed thousands of dental implants and treated gum disease or recession on thousands of patients. Dr. Hendry is on the cutting edge of Periodontics and trains many other dentists and Periodontists on gum grafting techniques, LANAP, and dental implant placement. Please call us, and we can schedule you for a complimentary periodontal or dental implant evaluation from Dr. Hendry.
If you’re ready to improve your oral health and prevent or treat periodontal disease, contact StarWhite Dental now at 951-698-4426 to schedule a consultation.
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