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What is a Periodontist?

Sacramento, CA woman smiling about the treatment she received from her periodontist.Taking care of your teeth is important to your oral health, your overall health, and the appearance of your smile. Brushing and flossing daily are integral, as are twice-yearly dental cleanings and exams. However, even if you follow a strict oral hygiene routine, it is still possible to face issues, including gum disease. At Prosthodontic Dental Group, our periodontist can restore the health of your gum tissue, giving you back your healthy, beautiful smile.

What is a periodontist?

Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease, a serious, progressive disease. Typically, periodontists treat more severe stages of gum disease and provide several different treatments meant to restore the health of your gums, including scaling and root planing, gum disease therapy, and surgery. Periodontists can also place dental implants in the event of tooth loss.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also commonly referred to as gum disease, is a serious, progressive oral health condition. It occurs when oral bacteria, which naturally reside in your mouth, irritate your delicate gum tissue. Your immune system sends an inflammatory response, which causes your gums to swell. Swollen gums pull away from their snug position against your teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria and other debris then fall into the pockets. Once under the gum line, the bacteria begin to attack the bone and periodontal ligaments that hold your teeth in place. The pockets grow deeper and your gums begin to recede. Eventually, your teeth become loose, and they are even susceptible to falling out. With advanced stages of gum disease, bacteria can also enter your bloodstream, and may contribute to several other health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

As periodontists, we can diagnose and provide treatment for all stages of gum disease, including:
•  Gingivitis. This is the earliest stage of gum disease and the one that is most often overlooked. It is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush or floss.
•  Mild to moderate periodontitis. The next stage of gum disease, this stage is characterized by the formation of periodontal pockets.
•  Advanced periodontitis. The longer the gum disease goes untreated, the worse it becomes. Advanced periodontitis is characterized by deep periodontal pockets, gum recession, deterioration of bone and supporting structures, and even loose teeth.

Periodontal Procedures

Periodontists provide several different treatments, all designed to restore and maintain the health and aesthetics of your mouth. Common periodontal treatments include:
•  Scaling and root planing. A deep cleaning of your teeth, scaling and root planing involves thoroughly scraping plaque, tartar, and other debris from the surfaces of your teeth (especially around the gum line) and smoothing the surface of your tooth roots.
•  Gingivoplasty. This procedure is performed to recontour your gum line.
•  Crown lengthening. A crown lengthening involves removing excess tissue to give your teeth a more natural appearance. It can also help to improve the health of your gums by taking action to prevent gum disease.
•  Soft tissue grafting. A soft tissue graft is a surgical procedure performed to restore a natural gum line following gum recession.
•  Bone grafting. A bone graft is done to restore the bone mass that is lost following gum disease and tooth loss.
•  Dental implant placement. Periodontists, like prosthodontists, can place dental implants, which are small titanium rods surgically implanted into the jawbone to support replacement teeth.

A periodontist can help to restore the health of your smile, as well as its appearance when you have been affected by gum disease. For more information, or to schedule your consultation, contact Prosthodontic Dental Group today.
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