Dental Specialty Center of Cape Coral
821 Cape Coral Parkway West, Unit 5, Cape Coral, FL 33914
Healthy gums are an important part of your overall oral health. Nearly 65 million adults in the U.S. have chronic gum disease, with adults over the age of 30 particularly vulnerable.
Gum disease, more formally known as periodontal disease, often progresses slowly. It usually begins as gingivitis, which causes your gums to swell, redden, and bleed when brushed or flossed. Permanent damage from gingivitis can be avoided if treated by a gum disease specialist. If the condition is not addressed, the infection worsens. At this point, gums will begin to pull away from teeth, allowing little pockets to form beneath the gum line. Those pockets are the perfect gathering spots for plaque and decay that can attack your teeth’s supporting ligaments and bone. This damage allows teeth to loosen, and the tooth may eventually be lost.
In the dental field, periodontists are the gum disease experts you need to help combat periodontal disease. They have extensive training in treating gum disease and other specialized dental treatments and surgeries such as dental implants, gum reshaping, and lip repositioning.
We are always happy to talk with you about your needs, so call our periodontics office at (239) 230-2026 for an appointment with our experienced periodontist in Cape Coral.
Periodontists are gum disease specialists who diagnose and treat conditions and diseases of soft gum tissue. Here are a few of the periodontal services you can expect from periodontics in Cape Coral:
Gum disease is a serious issue and it’s often caused by allowing plaque to build up on our teeth after eating or drinking. Plaque is a tacky substance that harbors bacteria. When not removed by brushing or flossing, the bacteria batters the tooth’s enamel, causing cavities and ravaging the soft gum tissue around the tooth. This situation can break down the ligaments and jawbone that hold teeth in place. Your gum disease specialist can perform a number of treatments to help stop the progression of the disease.
A dental implant is a natural-looking tooth replacement that is durable and helps to preserve the jawbone. During the procedure, a post is embedded into the jawbone. This post acts like the tooth roots, providing a strong anchor for a crown or bridge. Replacing a lost tooth with an implant preserves facial proportions and keeps surrounding teeth in position.
Crown lengthening is a procedure that reduces some of the gum around the tooth. The procedure is sometimes necessary to expose more of the tooth so that a crown can fit properly over the tooth. It can also be performed to allow the attachment of orthodontic brackets or partial dentures.
If you have excess gum tissue around your teeth, you may feel a bit self-conscious about your smile. Fortunately, during gummy smile surgery, our periodontist can contour your gums to improve your smile and your self-confidence. Gum reshaping allows more of the tooth to show when you smile and creates an even, appealing gum line.
Gum tissue grafts performed by our gum disease expert can help if you have receding gums and tooth root exposure. Gum grafting can cover the exposed area and ward off additional gum recession. The procedure can also stop the advance of decay and reduce bone loss.
Oral cancer is an increasing problem, especially in cases linked to HPV and tobacco use. If oral cancer is suspected, our periodontist will take tissue samples and have them analyzed by a lab. Once a proper diagnosis is made, our periodontist can then discuss treatment options with you.
Whatever your treatment needs, we are dedicated to your comfort during your procedure. We offer a number of sedation options such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your treatment.
At Dental Specialty Center of Cape Coral, we understand that your gums are more than just a decorative frame for your teeth. They are the structure that holds your teeth in place and protects your teeth from disease. If your gums aren’t feeling healthy, call our periodontist in Cape Coral at (239) 230-2026. We would be happy to answer your questions. We look forward to developing a treatment plan that restores your gums to good health.