Periodontists are dentists that specialize in the placement of dental implants and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. They are also experts in treating oral inflammation. Dentists who go on to specialize in periodontics undergo three years of extensive training. They familiarize themselves with the latest innovative techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are taught to perform cosmetic periodontal procedures. Because of this, they are often tasked with dealing with the more serious periodontal cases, such as for patients who suffer from severe gum disease or have a complex medical history. The wide range of treatments offered by periodontists include scaling and root planing, and root surface debridement. They are also able to perform various surgical procedures in order to treat severe gum problems.
At the initial examination, the periodontist will review the patient’s comprehensive dental and medical history. It is vital that the periodontist knows if the patient is currently taking any medication or if the patient is being treated for any medical conditions that could potentially have an effect on periodontal care.
The first step is to examine the gums to check for gum line recession, how the teeth fit while biting, and to see if any teeth are loose. They will also take a probe and place it between the teeth and gums to measure the depth of the spaces. This helps them gauge the health of the gums. If necessary, x-rays will be taken to determine the health of the bone below the gum line.
Periodontic treatments available at our clinic are:
- Scaling and root planing
- Aesthetic and Gingivectomy
- Gingival recession and Gingival Graft
- Esthetic Periodontal Crown-Lengthening Surgery and Bone grafts
Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Gingivitis and Periodontitis are more commonly known as periodontal disease or gum disease.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gingiva. It’s affected by multiple factors like drug use, smoking, and hormonal changes that can occur during the onset of puberty or pregnancy.
When gingivitis isn’t cared for, Periodontitis can follow and is influenced by the patient’s immune response. It usually starts with microbial plaque. It involves the destruction of the support structure of the teeth.
Up to 90% of cases of bad breath, or halitosis, are related to oral issues. Reasons could include gum disease, broken down and decayed teeth, ill-fitting prosthetic devices, food accumulation, or even smoking. These conditions can allow bacteria to grow and the teeth to rot.
Aesthetic and Gingivectomy
Periodontitis can be cured with treatment ranging from simple scaling and curettage to surgery. The duration of treatment will differ from patient to patient.
Gingival recession and Gingival Graft
One of the main issues patients can identify with is gum recession. Periodontal Plastic Surgery can create thick, tough gum tissue which will prevent the recession from continuing, and in certain cases will cover the recession that’s already there.
Aesthetic Periodontal Crown-Lengthening Surgery
(Crown lengthening, esthetics, gingivectomy, gummy smile)
The aesthetics of the anterior maxillary area of the mouth depend on the appearance of gum tissue surrounding the teeth.
Symmetrical and contouring abnormalities have an effect on the overall appearance of the natural or prosthetic dentition. The choices patients make when it comes to treatment are influenced by their desire for more aesthetic results.
For the best results when it comes to crown restorations or other aesthetic dental care, periodontal surgery is sometimes the chosen procedure.
Though extensive dental work is frequently needed in order to restore oral health, at times, just a simple surgical procedure to increase the length of teeth serves the purpose of improving aesthetics.
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