Periodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease as well as the process of replacing teeth with dental implants. Periodontists receive up to three years of additional, specialized training in treating periodontal disease and other conditions.
Periodontists are also specialists in treating oral inflammation and any condition requiring either non-surgical treatment or oral plastic surgery. Oftentimes, periodontists are treating conditions caused by periodontal disease and its effects such as persistent bad breath or gum recession.
We are proud to offer dental implants for our patients. Dental implants are roots placed in your mouth for either permanent teeth to be placed on or ones that you can remove.
Dental implants are done to improve a patient’s smile and usually their self esteem. Having missing or bad teeth can be quite embarrassing. Dental implants also can be done to improve oral health. Many people find it easier to eat with dental implants. Their speech can also be improved. Dental implants are also more comfortable because they are made to become permanent.
Scaling and Root Planing
The best way to prevent tartar or calculus build up is daily brushing and flossing, but even the best miss some plaque here and there, which eventually hardens into tartar. Your dentist will need to remove this with “scaling.” Your dentist will use a scaler to manually remove tartar from below the gum line or employ an ultrasound vibration to extract it.
“Root planing” goes a bit further to smooth out rough and craggy places in your teeth where plaque likes to build up. By smoothing those away, your dentist can help you avoid and fight gum disease.request an appointment
For patients who believe that their smile is too “gummy” or that their teeth are too short, we are proud to offer crown lengthening services to fix those concerns. Crown lengthening procedures are done to expose more of the tooth and remove extra gum tissue. By doing this, we can reshape your gums and help give your teeth the look and shape you desire. In addition to the life-changing results, crown lengthening is a minimally-invasive procedure that will allow for a more balanced, even smile.
The recovery time for the crown lengthening procedure is approximately three months. As your gums heal, you’ll be able to resume normal habits and functions. In recovery, you will be asked to avoid demanding activities during the first two to three days after your operation. Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure and increased sensitivity after the treatment is complete, but with a personalized treatment plan we can help manage any discomfort and pain. Moving forward, practicing good oral hygiene is paramount.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
One of the most important reasons to visit your dentist regularly to check for the first signs of gum disease or periodontal disease.
Although it creeps on slowly and without warning, this infection between and around your teeth can quickly eat at your gums and develop open areas that can fill with bacteria. These can eventually reach your bones and teeth, which will cause your teeth to fall out or have to be removed.
The best way to fight periodontal disease is to remove the plaque that develops around your teeth every day. Brushing, flossing and dental cleanings wash it away before it becomes tartar. Only your dentist can remove target through scaling and root planing so regular visits are crucial to your oral and overall health.request an appointment