One out of every four adults in this country over the age of 35 currently has some type of gum disease, and likely they don’t even know it yet. For those individuals with a more serious form of gum disease, they’re suffering from what is known as periodontitis. In many instances, people are unaware of periodontal disease because it is generally not painful. Periodontal treatment is necessary when various conditions affect the health of your gums and the bone surrounding your teeth. Retaining your teeth is directly dependent on proper periodontal care and maintenance.
Periodontal disease can be linked to systemic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and even dementia. It is also the cause of tooth loss more than 70% of the time, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
The words “gum disease” will sometimes frighten people and many feel ashamed for not proactively seeking treatment for the condition when they learn the news. The reality of the situation is that some forms of periodontal disease can never be completely treated; making regular dental visits and diligent mainenance a must.
Any skilled periodontist will customarily first try to opt for non-surgical options if possible. Scaling and root planing entails the elimination of plaque and tartar adjacent to and below the gum line to remove bacteria. This may sometimes be followed by adjunctive therapy, such as local delivery antimicrobials. Sometimes patients do not require additional active treatment, however the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain good periodontal health.
Surgical therapy is necessary in most moderate or severe periodontal cases. It is necessary in order to have access for proper bacterial elimination, which will help prevent further bacterial spread, prevent further bone loss and facilitate proper home care. Surgery is also necessary to treat any deformities or defects in the alveolar bone surrounding the teeth. Bone grafting and other regenerative techniques are utilized to regenerate bone and other supporitng structures around teeth. Bone grafting is also used to treat areas of inadequate bone in preparation for implant placement.
Periodontal plastic surgery can be performed to help treat various issues necessary to enhance your smile and cosmetic appearance. This includes procedures done to treat a gummy smile or uneven gum line , treament of gum recession and even indentations in the gums and jawbone.
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Periodontist & Gum Treatment
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and the underlying bone. Since periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in exactly these areas, they are the ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals, they also have the special knowledge and training that you need to have teeth that look and feel like your own. Your dentist and periodontist will work as a team to make your treatment plan a successful one.