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Periodontics

Jaclyn Martinez, DDS

General Dentists & Family Dentists located in San Jose, CA

Periodontics is the dental specialty dedicated to periodontal disease — an inflammatory gum condition that affects nearly half of all American adults. Periodontal treatment targets periodontal disease to improve the health of your gums, teeth, and jaw. At her practice in San Jose, California, Jaclyn Martinez, DDS, specializes in periodontics to help you keep your mouth healthy. Learn more about periodontics by calling the office or requesting your first appointment online today.

Periodontics Q&A

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is the field of dentistry focused on preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease. Also called gum disease, periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases of the mouth.

Dr. Martinez specializes in gum disease. She has experience treating gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, as well as more advanced stages. At her office, you’ll find comprehensive care to prevent disease progression and keep your mouth as healthy as possible.

Gum disease is a common issue that people of all ages experience. It starts with bacteria buildup and can lead to significant decay and tooth loss if left untreated. When teeth are lost due to severe periodontal disease, Dr. Martinez can recommend restorative procedures like dental implants to restore esthetics and mouth function.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Gum disease starts with plaque buildup. Plaque is a clear layer of bacteria that naturally develops on teeth. If it’s not removed with regular brushing and flossing, it can turn into tartar, which is harder to remove.

Signs of gingivitis and gum disease include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Ongoing bad breath
  • Painful chewing
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

A diagnosis of gingivitis or gum disease involves an exam of your teeth and gums. Dr. Martinez evaluates any inflammation of the gums, along with plaque and tartar buildup, to determine if you have either of these common conditions.

How is gum disease prevented and treated?

The best way to prevent gum disease is to maintain healthy oral hygiene habits. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, and get a professional dental cleaning every six months. Cleaning your teeth reduces bacteria buildup and stops gingivitis and gum inflammation.

Gingivitis is a reversible condition that can be treated. In many cases, damage caused by gum disease can be stopped and reversed to prevent tooth loss.

Common treatment options for gum disease include scaling and root planing, which thoroughly cleans infected teeth to remove bacteria. Root surface debridement eliminates damaged soft tissue to stop future damage, and regenerative procedures can restore lost tissue and even bone.

Don’t let gum disease compromise your oral health. Schedule a periodontal appointment with Dr. Martinez by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.