Periodontal (Gum) Therapy

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.  Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions.  Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

  • Bleeding gums– Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss
  • Loose teeth– Also caused by one loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone)
  • Spacing between teeth– Caused by bone loss
  • Persistent Bad Breath– Caused by bacteria in the mouth
  • Pus around the teeth and gums– Sign that there is an infection present
  • Receding gums– Loss of gum around a tooth
  • Red and puffy gums– Gums should never be red or swollen
  • Tenderness or Discomfort– Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth

Periodontal Therapy Procedures

Periodontal therapy includes both surgical and non-surgical techniques to restore health to the tissues that support the teeth (gums and bone) and prevent tooth loss. They include:

Scaling and Root Planing. These deep-cleaning techniques are the best starting point to control gum disease. Plaque and calculus (tartar) are removed from beneath the gum tissues, using hand scalers and/or ultrasonic instruments.

An animated illustration showing the process of scaling

An animated depiction of a root planing procedure

Gum Grafting. Sometimes it’s necessary to replace areas of lost gum tissue so that tooth roots are adequately protected. This can be accomplished by taking healthy gum tissue from one area of the mouth and moving it to where it is needed, or by using laboratory-processed donor tissue.

Periodontal Plastic Surgery. When used to describe surgery, the word “plastic” refers to any reshaping procedure that creates a more pleasing appearance of the gum tissues.

Periodontal Laser Treatment. Removing diseased gum tissue with lasers can offer significant advantages over conventional surgery, such as less discomfort and gum shrinkage.

Crown Lengthening Surgery. This is a surgical procedure in which tooth structure that is covered by gum and bone tissue may need to be exposed either for cosmetic reasons (too make the teeth look longer and the smile less gummy) or to aid in securing a new dental crown.

Dental Implants. Today’s preferred method of tooth replacement is a titanium dental implant, which is placed beneath the gum line and into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. The implant is then attached to a realistic-looking dental crown that is visible above the gum line and indistinguishable from a natural tooth.

Keeping Good Periodontal Health

Maintaining proper home care, having routine dental checkups and cleanings,  eating a nutritious diet low in sugar, and staying away from tobacco in all forms, will also increase your periodontal health — and your chances of keeping your teeth for life.

Pleasanton Prosthodontics

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Everyone is fabulous, and they’re great with information that’s needed for one’s “upgraded” teeth. Happy with mine. Dr. Olivia is smart, lovely and she has great teeth! Her team is warm and pleasant at all times. Thank you, Ladies! Highly recommended.

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I would say if you fear going to the dentist they might change your. I would gladly recommend them to family and friends.

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Nice office, Dr Chao is very gentle and explains everything before each procedure, All the staff is very friendly and helpful.

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I am very pleased with the results of my Prosthidontic treatments. Dr. Chao and her team was a pleasure to deal with!

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Wonderful care!!! ️️️️️

- Susan R

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I highly recommend Dr. Chao professional and expert care from crowns to implants (for my daughter). She does beautiful work, and I couldn’t tell which tooth was the implant when all was done.

- Kimberly C

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I recently had the pleasure of undergoing a full mouth reconstruction with zirconia crowns at Pleasanton Prosthodontics’ office, and I am absolutely thrilled with the results! After years of feeling self-conscious about my smile, I finally have the confidence to show it off, thanks to the incredible work of Dr. Nguyen. From the initial consultation to the final fitting, the care and attention to detail provided by Dr. Nguyen and their team were exceptional. They took the time to explain every step of the process and made sure I was comfortable and informed throughout. The professionalism and expertise displayed by the entire staff made me feel at ease, even during the most extensive procedures. The quality of the zirconia crowns is outstanding, and the transformation is truly remarkable. Not only do they look incredibly natural, but the fit is perfect, allowing me to eat and speak comfortably without any issues. It’s a game changer to finally enjoy meals and conversations without any discomfort. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Nguyen for restoring not just my smile but my confidence as well. I highly recommend their services to anyone considering a full mouth reconstruction. Their meticulous work and the stunning outcome have made a significant impact on my life, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Thank you, Dr. Nguyen, for giving me a reason to smile with pride!

- Eugene S

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Everyone at this office, from staff to Dr. Chao, is so sweet, kind, helpful, professional and top notch at what they do!

- Gilbert L

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I have had a very positive experience in every encounter with Dr. Chao. Not only does she strive to deliver excellent prosthodontic work, she also treats me with compassion, courtesy, and respect as a patient at every visit. Well done, Dr. Chao!

- Andrea B

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Dr Maggie Chao has extensive experience in dental works. She listens to your concerns and will help to solve and take care of your needs. I would highly recommend Dr Maggie Chao who needs advanced dentistry.

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It is worth driving from Castro Valley. I’m so impressed,everyone gets along and I feel a part of a family.

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Great service,great staff , I would definitely recommend to family and friends.

- Jorge G

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Amazing group of processionals. Dr. Olivia Nguyen explained my procedure thoroughly. She restored my smile back! Thank you Dr. N!!

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My son got his teeth bonding completed by Dr. Maggie Chao who did a fantatic job. His teeth turn out great and our overall experience was painless.

- Isaiah W

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I had the All in 4 surgery and it was the best surgery experience that I have ever encountered. Dr. Chao was so professional but also very concerned for my well being. I NEVER had ANY pain after surgery. I ended up throwing the pain pills away as I never needed them. The process was long but through it all I could hear the doctors talking to me and assuring me that everything was going well. When I woke up and the surgery was complete, the staff was really attentive and gave me instructions to follow at home. I received the normal call to see if I was okay the next day. The experience I have to say was so very positive, the best thing I did was to choose Dr Maggie Chao and she referred me to Dr Ali Alijanian for my extractions. The was the first time my experience of dental surgery was so positive and with a brilliant outcome. I am truly happy with the All in 4 and so happy with Pleasanton Prosthodontics. I would highly recommend this office.

- Tina J

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Dr. Nguyen and the staff at Pleasanton Prosthodontics have been immensely professional and attentive. I am so happy with my crown (on a front tooth, no less) and new mouthguard. It looks and feels great, and I can finally bite into my food again. Thank you!

- Nathan L

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My wife received a permanent implant procedure at Pleasanton Prosthodontics. The attention to detail and professionalism displayed by Dr. Olivia Nguyen and her Clinical Assistant, Yolanda, surpassed our expectations and left a lasting impression. From the moment we walked through the door, the staff at Pleasanton Prosthodontics ensured that Gina felt welcomed and comfortable. Dr. Nguyen's expertise and dedication were evident throughout the entire process. She took the time to thoroughly explain the procedure, addressing all of Gina's concerns and ensuring she felt confident moving forward. Yolanda, Dr. Nguyen's Clinical Assistant, played a crucial role in making Gina's experience as smooth as possible. Her warmth, compassion, and efficiency were truly remarkable. What truly sets Pleasanton Prosthodontics apart is their commitment to providing personalized care. Dr. Nguyen and her team tailored the treatment plan to suit Gina's specific needs, ensuring the best possible outcome. Their attention to detail and dedication to excellence were evident every step of the way. Thanks to the exceptional care provided by Dr. Nguyen and Yolanda, Gina's permanent implant procedure was a success.

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Very competent

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