Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that almost half of adults over the age of 30 in the United States have chronic gum disease? Gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease, starts off as gingivitis. Patients with gingivitis often experience symptoms like red and swollen gums that bleed during brushing or flossing. If caught early, gingivitis is easily treated. However, a failure to treat gingivitis while in its earliest stages can cause the infection to grow worse.
Serious cases of periodontal disease can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth. This can lead to destroyed ligaments and bone. Once those ligaments and bone are destroyed, teeth can become loose, change position and may eventually fall out.
A periodontist is a gum disease specialist who has completed an additional two to three years of dental training in managing gum diseases and dental implants. A periodontist has also trained in cosmetic surgical techniques like gum contouring and lip repositioning.
Contact our office in Dental Associates of Florida today to schedule your appointment with a gum disease expert. Our periodontist in Florida will be happy to help you with your mild, moderate or severe gum issues.
What Can a Periodontist Do?
The word periodontics has its roots in two Greek words; “perio” means around, while “dontic” means tooth. Therefore, a periodontist specializes in treating and diagnosing conditions that occur in and around the gum tissue of the teeth. There are a number of periodontal services that our periodontists at Dental Associates of Florida offer. Here are some of the services that we can provide:
Treatment of Periodontal Diseases
Gingivitis begins to form when there is a buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is the somewhat sticky substance that begins to form on our teeth after we’ve had something to eat or drink. Frequent brushing and flossing can help to prevent plaque from building up. If plaque is not taken care of, the bacteria within the plaque will begin to attack the enamel on your teeth. This is what causes cavities and gum disease. If left untreated, the bacteria will move on to attack the gum tissue along with the jawbone that holds your teeth in place.
Placement of Dental Implants
A dental implant is a tooth replacement that looks natural and is meant to be a long-term replacement. The periodontist will embed the implant into the jawbone so that it imitates the roots of the tooth. This provides a sturdy base for bridges, dentures and crowns. This firm foundation helps to keep the jawbone intact. It also serves the purpose of preserving facial proportions, keeps the teeth from moving out of their proper position and helps to lessen the amount of wrinkling around the mouth.
The part of the tooth that is located above the gum line is referred to as the crown. Crown lengthening is a commonly performed procedure that reduces excess gum tissue around the tooth so that the crown is more visible. This procedure may be done when the periodontist needs to make more room for an artificial crown, or for dentures or braces to be attached. The procedure may also be done for cosmetic purposes, so that the gum line appears to be even.
Perform Gummy Smile Surgery
Gum contouring surgery is performed when a patient has excess gum tissue around the teeth. This can make teeth appear to be shorter than they actually are. A periodontist can fix this by shaping the tissue around the gums to create an even gum line.
Gum Graft/Soft Tissue Graft
Periodontists can also address receding gum lines. This condition occurs when the gum tissue begins to wear away, causing gaps between the teeth and the gums. This sometimes leads to tissue and bone damage that may cause patients to lose teeth. A gum grafting procedure performed by a gum disease expert consists of taking existing tissue or donor tissue and grafting it to cover the exposed area.
Oral Pathology and Diagnosis Oral Cancers
As the rate of HPV infections continues to rise, periodontists are also noticing a rise in the rate of oral cancers. A gum disease specialist can take samples of gum tissue to be sent for testing. After a diagnosis is made, our periodontist can help you to determine which treatment options are right for you.
No matter what your course of treatment, our staff will ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. We may use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and other sedatives to ease your anxiety about dental procedures. If you’re looking for an expert in periodontics in Florida call our office today.
Schedule Your Consultation with Our Periodontist in Florida
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