A periodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, which affects the gums and other supporting structures of the teeth.
Periodontists receive additional training beyond dental school to become experts in treating conditions such as gum inflammation (gingivitis), periodontitis, and gum recession. They also perform procedures such as scaling and root planing, gum grafting, and dental implant placement to restore oral health and function.
If you have concerns about your gum health or have been referred to a periodontist by your dentist, it is important to schedule an appointment with our Dentist to receive the proper care and treatment.
There are several treatments available for periodontal disease, and the recommended treatment plan will depend on the severity of the disease and the individual patient’s needs. Here are some of the most common treatments performed by periodontists:
Scaling and root Planing: This is a deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and root surfaces to help control bacterial growth and promote healing of the gums.
Gum Grafting: This procedure involves taking tissue from one part of the mouth and transplanting it to the area of the gums that has receded, to cover the exposed root and prevent further gum recession.
Crown Lengthening: This procedure is used to remove excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth’s surface, allowing for better access for restorative work like crowns and bridges.
Dental Implants: A periodontist can place dental implants to replace missing teeth, which involves surgically implanting a small post into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth.
Laser Therapy: This treatment uses laser energy to remove diseased tissue and promote healing of the gums.
Antibiotics: Antibiotics may be prescribed to help control bacterial growth and promote healing of the gums.
Periodontal Maintenance: Once periodontal disease has been treated, periodontal maintenance appointments are necessary to monitor and maintain the health of the gums and prevent further damage or reinfection.
It is important to work closely with your periodontist to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your individual needs and promotes optimal oral health.
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