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Healthy gums are just as important as healthy teeth, and your periodontist in Aventura is uniquely qualified to help you keep your gums healthy.
About 65 million Americans have chronic gum disease, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, gum disease is the No. 1 cause of tooth loss in adults. In spite of these statistics, there is good reason to be positive about the opportunity to combat gum disease. When treated early in the gingivitis stage, the infection can be reversed and long-term damage to teeth and bones can be avoided. Most people who have gingivitis experience red or swollen gums and see some bleeding when brushing and flossing their teeth.
If gum disease is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis where gums separate from teeth and decay begins to damage the ligaments and bone that support the teeth. With ligaments and bone compromised, teeth loosen and can begin to fall out.
If your gums have reached the periodontitis stage, your dentist will refer you to the gum experts, periodontists. Periodontists are dentists with an extra two to three years of education and training in gum disease treatment. During this extra schooling, periodontists also master other specialized procedures, such as dental implant placement and cosmetic procedures like gum reshaping.
If your gums are showing signs of disease, call us at (305) 677-4779. We make it easy and convenient to regain healthy gums with our experts in periodontics in Aventura.
What Does a Periodontist Treat?
A periodontist is a gum disease expert who specializes in diagnosing, treating and managing conditions affecting soft gum tissue. Our gum disease specialist provides a wide variety of services. We list some of the common periodontal services available at our periodontics office below.
Periodontal disease treatment
Plaque, that gummy substance that clinGummy Smile to teeth after you eat or drink, contains a host of bacteria. That bacteria causes gum disease. If brushing and flossing do not eliminate that bacteria, your tooth enamel suffers and cavities are formed. The bacteria can also damage soft gum tissue, impairing the ligaments and jawbone you need to hold teeth securely in place.
Dental Implant Placement
Losing one or more teeth can seriously affect your self-confidence, appearance, nutrition, and oral health. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone that used to anchor that tooth deteriorates over time. With that bone shrinkage, facial structure begins to appear “sunken,” and surrounding teeth begin to slip out of place. Replacing a natural tooth with a dental implant prevents many of those issues. With a dental implant, a post is placed into the jawbone as the foundation for a crown or bridge. This allows normal chewing activity to keep gums and bone healthy and strong.
The crown lengthening procedure is a good solution for those who have excess gum tissue around the tooth or who don’t have enough exposed tooth left to have a replacement crown attached. It’s a fairly common procedure, helping to create enough visible tooth that dentists can securely affix a crown or partial denture to the tooth. To keep patients comfortable during the procedure, periodontists administer a local anesthetic to the patient.
Gummy Smile Surgery
Smiling is one of life’s joys, but if excess gum tissue is concealing your pearly whites, you may not feel much like smiling. Gummy smile surgery helps to correct that appearance, contouring your gum tissue so that your gum line is natural looking and your teeth are more prominent.
Soft tissue graft/Gum graft
Gum grafting is an excellent option for patients who have gum recession that leaves tooth roots exposed. The grafting procedure can cover tooth roots and develop gum tissue where it’s lacking. The procedure can prevent gum recession from advancing, ease tooth sensitivity that accompanies gum recession and curtail the risk of future decay or bone loss.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis
Oral cancer is very treatable when caught early, so if you have symptoms or your dentist notices suspicious tissue during your check-up, talk to our periodontist about a diagnosis. Our periodontist will take tissue samples and submit them to a lab for accurate diagnosis. If you have an oral cancer diagnosis, our periodontist will thoroughly explain your treatment options.
Regardless of the type of periodontal treatment you receive in our office, rest assured that we are committed to your comfort. Sometimes, sedation is necessary to help keep you comfortable during a procedure. Our periodontist is highly trained in a variety of sedation techniques and can discuss your options with you during your consultation.
Call Us Today for a Consultation with a Gum Disease Expert
There’s no need to suffer from receding gum or any of the more dire effects of gum disease. Our gum disease specialist is here to help you regain your gum health and prevent tooth loss. Give us a call at (305) 677-4779 anytime during normal business hours, and we will be happy to answer all of your questions and schedule a consultation for you with our periodontist in Aventura. We would be honored to be your partner in good oral health.