Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry


Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry


As the name suggests, periodontics refers to dental care that focuses on preventing and treating gum disease. Specialists in this field spend several years training before they can become certified by completing an additional coursework component focused around maintaining jawbone health through aesthetic treatments like teeth cleanings or surgery if necessary.

Reasons for periodontal treatment

Gum disease is a progressive condition which begins with mild gum inflammation called gingivitis. It's the leading cause of tooth loss in adults living in developed countries, and should be taken seriously because it can lead to more serious issues like oral cancer or periodontal (gum) prosthesis failure.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause severe damage to your mouth and even lead you lose a tooth.

Periodontitis is an infection that starts when bacteria living in plaque irritates the surrounding tissues around teeth causing them pain as well as damaging bone health leading up until loose or missing entire set of pearly whites!

There are several reasons why periodontal treatment may be necessary:

  • Moderate/advanced gum disease – This occurs when the gums are bleeding, swollen or red around most teeth and the jawbone has begun to recede.
  • Localized gum recession – The infection which propagates moderate or advanced gum disease often begins in one area. Gum recession may also be caused due to over brushing with a hard bristle brush, or due to a tooth that is not positioned properly. Immediate treatment is required to prevent further spreading.
  • Before crown lengthening – The periodontist may lengthen the crown of the tooth by removing surrounding soft tissue to provide more tooth exposure.
  • Ridge augmentation – This procedure, often called “recontouring” may be required to correct an uneven gum line. Before embarking on treatment, a periodontist needs to treat any bacterial infections and periodontitis.

In the case of mild/moderate periodontal problems, a team approach will be taken to curing the underlying bacterial infection and then providing advice on most appropriate home cleaning methods.

It is important to keep your teeth clean and healthy. This can be difficult when you have periodontal disease, but it's easy with the right tools! It may require a deep scaling procedure in order remove bacterial plaque from teeth (tartar) or if there are loose tooth/teeth that cannot be saved due too advanced gum degeneration like loss of jawbone mass at time of indexing.

The periodontist is a dentist who specializes in restoring functionality to the mouth when teeth have been affected by gum disease or other issues.

Dental hygiene is important for your overall health. When you visit the dentist to get a cleaning, they will remove bacteria and calculus build up that can prevent further damage in order to stop an infection from spreading.

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  • When to See a Periodontist
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  • Bone Grafting
  • Bruxism
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Gum Grafting
  • Gum Recession
  • Oral Cancer Exam
  • Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing
  • Pocket Irrigation
  • Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)
  • Root Amputation
  • Sinus Augmentation