Continuing Care for Periodontal Disease

Stages of Periodontal Disease

Ongoing Treatment For Gum Disease

Why extra appointments are so important.

If you’re diagnosed with gum disease, know that you’re not alone. It’s estimated that half of all adults in the US are affected by some form of the condition (which can also go by names like gingivitis, periodontal disease, and periodontitis). As your care proceeds, you’ll learn that ongoing appointments are an important part of periodontal treatment.

Periodontal treatment is ongoing because the disease process is ongoing. Periodontitis has a nasty habit of recurring, even with the most careful at-home brushing and flossing. Additional appointments allow us to stay on top of the problem by containing the bacterial infection and preventing disease from cropping up elsewhere.

How often do I need to come in?

Every case is different—treatment times vary depending on the severity of infection and response to treatment. Only a consultation with a dentist can determine your individual treatment plan, so if you have signs of periodontal disease (bleeding, swollen, painful gums), please contact us at (916) 483-5900.

If you’ve already taken that first step of becoming a patient, then keep up the good work! Do your best to make it to your next appointment. If something comes up, make sure to reschedule rather than canceling. We will, of course, try to work around the demands of job and family. We’re here to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy!

About Dr. William J. Black

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the UCLA School of Dentistry where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Black has 8 children, works actively with the Boy Scouts of America, and enjoys gardening.


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