Role Of Periodontists In Preventing And Treating Gum Disease
Posted on 7/10/2023 by Southern Family Dental Care
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory illness that touches the gums and the bones that clasp the teeth together. This disease is commonly known as gum disease. A periodontist is a dentist who has specialized in thwarting, diagnosing, and treating gum disease. Periodontists spend more years in training than general dentists.
What Expectations Should You Have?
To establish the case of gum disease, periodontists take time to review your medical history both dental and otherwise. They conduct a dental exam to ascertain the best treatment option. Some of the things they check include gum recession, teeth connection when biting and chewing food, wobbly teeth, and the health of the gums. Treatment involves thoroughly cleaning the pockets that surround the teeth to secure gum tissue and bones.
Periodontists employ two forms of treatment. There are non-surgical and surgical forms. For gum disease cases that are not progressive, what works best is the non-surgical option which entails scaling, root planning, or the use of antibiotics. Scaling is doing away with tartar from the gumline. Root planning is about smoothening the surface of the root. Where the gums had begun to detach from the teeth, periodontists through root planning can prevent the further amassing of bacteria. Antibiotics aim to control the infection as well as get rid of every bacterium.
Periodontists are very instrumental in handling advanced cases of gum disease that require surgery. Some of the surgical procedures include bone/tissue grafting, tissue regeneration, and pocket reduction among others. Technology is advancing every day and this has helped our periodontists address certain procedures to suit cosmetic purposes. For instance, they can lengthen a crown to address an irregular gum contour. They also perform ridge extensions to bring back the normal curvature of your gums after a tooth replacement.
Periodontists do not work alone. It is a concerted effort amongst general dentists, maxillofacial dental surgeons, and periodontists as well. If our general dentists refer you to our periodontist, do not worry about it. It only serves to show that we want you to receive the best specialist care. Make an appointment with us today.
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