Periodontal (Gum) Disease in Walnut Creek, CA

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What Is Gum Disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is a condition of inflammation in the gums, which may result in considerable damage to your oral health. There are three stages of periodontal disease ranging from mild to advanced. The very first stage is gingivitis, which is caused by a buildup of plaque in the gum pockets. If not treated, gingivitis can develop into the next phase called periodontitis, which affects the fibers and bone that hold your tooth roots. Advanced periodontitis is the most serious phase of periodontal disease, which may cause teeth to become loose or fall out. To take care of gum disease, Life Dental & Orthodontics offers both surgical and nonsurgical treatments based on the seriousness of the disease, including scaling and root planing, antibiotics, and extractions. When you have signs of periodontal disease, get in touch with our office in Walnut Creek, CA to schedule an examination.

How Is Gum Disease Addressed?

Your periodontal treatment will be based on the intensity of the disease. If we determine you have periodontal disease, he will go over his recommendations for your treatment. For cases caught early, scaling and root planing (SRP), or periodontal therapy, is usually done to deep clean the gum pockets. In more advanced cases, antibiotics can be prescribed along with numerous periodontal therapy treatments. Serious cases of periodontal disease typically require a surgical procedure, such as pocket reduction or gum grafting.

Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

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Absolutely love this place! Friendly and accommodating staff and I really appreciate Dr Hockel’s knowledge of what’s going on with not only my teeth, but how it all works together with my airway and everything else too!

J.R. Google

I came to Doctor Hockel due to problems with sleep apnea. He diagnosed a narrow palate and some other issues that ultimately are obstructing my airway and recommended a course of palate expansion (upper and lower) before going for more extensive surgery to correct problems with my jaw. It's been really great working with him and his staff! They're all extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They've answered every question I had and taken the time to explain what's being done each time (in what's going to be a couple-year-long process.) They're definitely using the latest tools and techniques and I feel completely comfortable with whatever they recommend. All in all, a *really* great dentist! [Edit from 2+ years in the future - 10/18/2023] I had my jaw surgery (total TMJ replacement and MMA (Maxillomandibular advancement, to move the upper teeth forward) in St Louis in May (via the only surgeon Dr Hockel trusts to do the surgery, who really is great) and returned to Dr Hockel's care in late June. Sleep apnea is cured, my bite was lined up and everything went well. Today was a great day - I got my braces off! We're now in the process of stabilizing the teeth with a retainer, but they look great and feel even better, with everything in my bite closing in the right places and all the teeth nice and straight and even. Dr Hockel's staff were awesome as usual - I showed up 20 minutes early and they said "come right in!" and we got to work. If you ever need to deal with airway issues (or indeed with orthodontia and other dental procedures), definitely give Life Dental and Orthodontics a call. They're the best!

D.C. Google

A bit challenging to say "loved it" for a visit to the dentist, but we have been clients of Dr. Brian Hockel and his father before him for close to thirty years. We have been very pleased with the dental service, the staff and the facilities. Dr. Brian is very skilled and goes out of his way to provide holistic, thorough and caring treatment. He's a fine dentist (and a good musician and magician, as well). His staff is excellent. They are very well trained , friendly and empathetic.

D.M. Google

Very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Innovative Treatments for Gum Disease

Gum disease will get worse without the correct therapy so it's necessary to get expert help when any signs occur. At Life Dental & Orthodontics, we work with you to restore your gums and prevent future cases of infection. For more information or to schedule an appointment, get in touch with our office in Walnut Creek, CA.

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