A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of problems that affect the gums and other supporting tissues of the teeth. On your first appointment, the doctor will examine your mouth for any periodontal issues, as well has review your medical history to see if there are contributing factors effecting periodontal health. Should gum problems be detected, the doctor will tailor a treatment plan to address your specific periodontal issues to lead you back to periodontal health.
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer the comfort and security of a permanent replacement that looks and functions just like your natural teeth. Dental implants also help preserve the tooth-supporting bone in your jaw that deteriorates when even one tooth is lost.
Cosmetic Gum Surgery
The gum tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth plays a big role in how appealing your smile will look. Excess gum tissue, gum recession, and an uneven gum line are all problems that can often be successfully treated at our dental office.
If gum recession is affecting your health or your appearance, a procedure called gum grafting may help. This involves carefully placing a small amount of new tissue in an area where little or no gum tissue currently exists. These procedures help prevent further gum recession or help cover tooth root surfaces that have become exposed.
There are times when it is in your best interest to have a tooth extracted (removed). This could be the case for a variety of reasons, including: damage or trauma to the tooth, extensive gum disease, extensive tooth decay, or overcrowding. Once a tooth is removed, the doctor will work with your general dentist to provide treatment options to restore bite function and appearance in the area.
Bone grafting is commonly used in dentistry to correct deficiencies in bone quantity and to build support for teeth or dental implants.
Treatment of Loose Teeth & Bite Problems
Periodontal disease is the most common cause of loose teeth. Reasons can range from bone loss around the teeth to occlusal trauma caused from clenching or grinding on the teeth. If occlusal trauma is the cause, the doctor can make an occlusal guard to allievate or manage the problem.
Periodontal maintenance/ supportive periodontal care
Maintaining oral health is most effectively achieved through proper oral home care and routine teeth cleanings. Periodontitis is a chronic disease in humans. While it can't be cured, the disease can be controlled with the support of our experienced doctors and hygienists. At your evaluation with the doctor, he will decide what hygiene treatment is appropriate restore periodontal health. This can range from multiple deeper cleanings with local anesthesia to remove bacterial debris and smooth roots to regularly scheduled periodontal maintenance visits to prevent further destruction of periodontal tissues. With periodontitis, studies show that a 3 month recall is the best way to maintain and prevent further disease activity.
Our office also has an oral hygiene specialist that evaluates your home care proficiency and works with you to improve your techniques and skills at home which is vital to maintaining your gum health between your periodontal maintenance appointments. Success in in periodontal health is best achieved when patient and the doctor work together has a team. Our goal is to not only treat the disease but to educate you with all you need so you can be successful in the process.