Patient Comfort is Top Priority
At TLC Dental Care, patient comfort is our top priority. And in order to achieve that, we want to help you reach optimal oral health from teeth to gums.
Periodontal disease can be prevented, diagnosed and treated through the use of periodontics. Dental experts utilize their specialized training to protect and correct the gums and jawbone as periodontal disease affects these areas directly.
Periodontal disease – A Serious Condition
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is a very serious condition, which often begins with gingivitis and escalates over time. While this disease can go unnoticed, most people experience red, inflamed, tender or bleeding gums. As the bacteria living in plaque spreads to the tissue around the teeth, an infection persists and can eventually lead to a receding jawbone and loose teeth.
Do you think you may be in need of periodontal treatment? Here are some things to consider:
Moderate to Advanced Gum Disease
At this point, your gums may bleed, swell up or turn red and your jawbone has begun to recede.
Localized Gum Recession
The infection that leads to gum disease usually begins in one specific area. Therefore, treatment is necessary immediately to avoid further spreading.
Often times, the periodontist may want to lengthen the crown of the tooth by initially removing tissue covering the tooth.
Ridge Augmentation (Recontouring)
This procedure can be used to correct an uneven gum line.
Soft Tissue Grafting
To help strengthen the gum and cover up sensitive root surfaces, the periodontist will add gum to areas that have receded.
What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a specialized dentist who is trained to both surgically and non-surgically manage periodontal disease. Specializing in the soft tissues of the mouth and jawbone allows for the periodontist to properly implement dental implant procedures. Through recognition, treatment, and education, periodontists are able to successfully aid patients dealing with gum disease (periodontal disease), gingivitis, periodontitis and bone loss.
Periodontists often treat:
Gingivitis: Mild inflammation of the gums, which may be accompanied by pain and/or bleeding
Mild/moderate periodontitis: Mild gum disease where the gap between the teeth and the soft tissue is between 4-6mm.
Advanced periodontitis: The gap between the teeth and the soft tissue measures 6mm or more. Bone loss may occur, allowing for shifting or loss of teeth.
Missing teeth: Missing teeth, as a result of bone loss, may be replaced by prosthetic teeth. Such implants are secured by the jawbone and allow for regular mouth functionality.
Periodontal treatments include:
Implant Placement: Replacing missing teeth with natural-looking implants.
Osteoplasty: Post periodontitis treatment, the periodontist can recontour the hard tissue to ensure that your smile is natural and flawless.
Gingivoplasty: The periodontist can recontour the soft tissue to make your smile appear less “toothy.”
Bone Grafting: Bone grafting adds bone that is necessary for properly attaching the prosthetic tooth during a dental implant.
Crown Lengthening: By removing some tissue around the tooth, the periodontist is able to uncover more of the original tooth.
Deep Pocket Cleanings: The periodontist cleans away any debris and infection-causing bacteria in the pockets between the soft tissue and the teeth. This is often done as gingivitis and periodontitis progress.
If you would like to learn more about periodontics, contact TLC Dental Care to make an appointment.