Melissa Tuft, DDS General Dentist

Periodontist Specialist

Melisa Tuft, DDS

General Dentist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Do your gums ache, bleed, or feel inflamed? If so, chances are you may have some level of periodontal disease, a condition that impacts over 47% of American adults above the age of 30. Periodontist Melissa Tuft, DDS, understands the difficulties associated with gum disease and helps patients in and around the Union Square area in San Francisco prevent, treat, and in some cases, even eliminate periodontal disease. If you struggle with your gum health, call Dr. Tuft’s office today, or go online to book your first appointment.

Periodontist Q & A

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and dental implant placement. By specializing in gum health and oral inflammation, dentists like Dr. Tuft can recognize the early signs of gum disease and stop its progression. In some cases, she may even eliminate the disease and restore your gum health.

Trained in the newest, cutting-edge treatments, Dr. Tuft offers solutions to those with the most severe periodontal diseases and complex medical complications.

What kinds of treatments do periodontists do?

A periodontist examines your teeth, gums, and jaw, looking for signs of periodontal disease. They determine if you have any gum line recession and check your bite.

They may perform procedures and treatments like:

  • Measuring periodontal pockets: Dr. Tuft may place a probe between your teeth and gums to measure the space and determine the health of your gums.
  • Scaling and root planing: A procedure in which Dr. Tuft cleans the infected surface on the roots of your teeth
  • Root surface debridement: A procedure in which she removes damaged tissue
  • Regeneration surgery: Dr. Tuft folds back your gum tissue to remove bacteria and places either a bone graft or proteins to encourage tissue regrowth.
  • Pocket reduction: A surgical procedure in which Dr. Tuft pulls back your gums, removes tartar and bacteria, then secures the tissue back in place without the periodontal pocket.
  • Gingivectomy: Dr. Tuft removes excess tissue from the gums, restoring the contours of your teeth.

A periodontist may also place dental implants, replacing a missing or extracted tooth with a permanent crown. Dental implants offer a solution to partial and full dentures that look, feel, and act like your natural teeth.

What should you expect during your first visit with a periodontist?

When you see Dr. Tuft for the first time, she takes your medical and dental history. She may ask you questions about your health and your dental hygiene. She reviews any medications you take and may discuss how certain medicines impact your gums and oral health.

Dr. Tuft then takes X-rays and performs an examination. She may look at your:

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Jaw joint
  • Mouth
  • Throat
  • Teeth
  • Gums

Based on your goals, Dr. Tuft develops a personalized treatment plan that can include periodontal procedures as well as at-home hygiene expectations.

Don’t let your gum disease worsen. Call Dr. Tuft’s office today, or book your appointment online now.

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