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Periodontal Services in Piedmont and Oakland to Protect & Restore Gum Health

happy senior coupleHealthy gums and teeth are essential for long-lasting dental aesthetics, health, and function. While your smile may look and feel fine, you might not realize that you have gum disease or be at risk for tooth loss. At Piedmont Dental by Design, we are dedicated to protecting your oral and general health with periodontal care.

Dr. Jill Martenson works closely with our skilled hygienists and a board-certified periodontist to provide the care you need to restore your gum health. Our team offers many ways to protect and maintain your oral health by combining advanced techniques and a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatments.

We proudly provide periodontal services throughout Piedmont and the surrounding communities of Oakland, East Bay, Lake Merritt, Montclair, Rockridge, and Berkeley. If you or a loved one suspect you may have gum disease, contact us today!


What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is a specialty branch of dentistry that focuses on protecting and treating gum health while also caring for your teeth and jawbone. Periodontal treatments are designed to address gums tissue concerns to ensure your teeth are supported by a healthy and strong foundation for many years to come.

The core aspects of periodontal care includes:

Prevention – Keeping your gums healthy through a combination of regular care, education, and proactive treatment.

Treatment– Procedures designed to address gum disease at every stage and eliminate the infection.

Maintenance– Protecting your gums after recovery and preventing re-infection.

How Gum Disease Affects Oral Health

woman pointing at gum irritationGum disease is an oral infection that attacks the gums, and in severe cases, can deteriorate the jawbone and teeth. The condition can potentially enter your bloodstream and cause infections throughout the body if left to progress.

Some medications and specific health conditions, such as pregnancy-related hormone changes and diabetes, can increase gum disease. Gum infection can also cause complications with cardiovascular health, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s.

Periodontal Treatments from Dr. Jill Martenson

We want you to understand how gum health can play a vital role in the look, feel, and function of your smile. With skilled hygienists and a trusted periodontist on staff, we have the experience to educate and provide you with the highest level of care.

Our periodontal services include:

We also provide custom treatments such as splints and nightguards for TMJ disorders and bruxism when needed. Appliances for sleep apnea are also available.

Why Choose Our Practice for Gum Health Care?

man checking out his smile with mirror in dental officeOur periodontist has extensive training and experience to treat all stages of gum disease. Whether your needs are simple or complex, our specialist can perform many surgical procedures to restore gum tissue, bone, and even lost teeth.

Additionally, our team takes time to educate you about the importance of good dental hygiene and how to help prevent gum disease at home. Dr. Martenson explains how certain medications, aging, pregnancy, and other health conditions can impact your gum health.

Treating Gum Disease in Piedmont

Your treatment depends on your stage of gum disease and the level of infection. While it is possible to reverse the condition in its earliest stages, the infection is not reversible in more advanced cases. Our care focuses on repairing and restoring your gums and doing everything we can to prevent future re-infection.

Our non-surgical treatments include:

Professional Cleanings - Bi-annual, routine cleanings are essential for keeping your gums healthy and free of disease. Our hygienists remove dental plaque, tartar, and food debris from teeth and hard to reach areas. This treatment can help prevent further gum inflammation.

Tooth Scaling & Root Planing – When gum disease is present, our skilled hygienists perform deep cleanings to stop and treat the infection. We remove toxic plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces and above and below the gumline with special tools. Then, we smooth the root surfaces to remove bacteria and promote proper gum healing and reattachment. After this treatment, we apply powerful ARESTIN antibiotics to your gums.

Surgical Periodontal Treatments

Many of our surgical procedures are designed to treat gum disease in advanced stages. Our periodontist can also perform treatments to help renew the look and feel of your gums.

Our surgical procedures include:

Bone Grafts

Bone grafts are necessary when advanced gum disease or prolonged tooth loss has left your jawbone weak. This procedure adds new bone material into your jaw to restore its health and density. We also offer bone grafts to prepare for dental implant placement.

This regenerative procedure is designed to correct gum tissue recession. Receding gums typically result from advanced gum disease. Our periodontist can take healthy tissue from the roof of your mouth and graft it to the areas of your gums in need of treatment.

When there is not enough room between your sinuses and upper jaw, or the area is too weak, a sinus lift may be necessary. Our specialist will often add new bone in the area of your upper jaw to make it taller. Sinus lifts may also be necessary to prepare for dental implant placement.

Our periodontist can perform crown lengthening for many reasons. We can reshape your gums to prepare for a dental crown, restore aesthetics after treating gum disease, or gain access to deep decay.

Renew Your Entire Smile with Periodontics in Piedmont

Dr. Jill Martenson and our team genuinely love helping you protect your teeth and gums for life. Providing skilled gum care through periodontics is just one of the many ways we can protect the health and beauty of your smile. We proudly serve the Piedmont, Oakland, East Bay, Lake Merritt, Montclair, Rockridge, and Berkeley communities. Call to schedule your next visit today!


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Piedmont Dentists, Dr Jill Martenson is a dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry with services including Dental Exams, Dental Makeovers, Teeth Whitening, Veneers, Crowns, X-rays, Fluoride, Cleanings, & more. Please come and visit Piedmont Dental by Design in Piedmont, CA today.

Jill Martenson, DDS 2024

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