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Gum disease also referred to as periodontal disease, is a significant health concern. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to poor oral health and tooth loss, and it is linked to several health conditions, including cardiovascular disease.
Gum disease often begins with a mild infection and inflammation of the gums. Gums may bleed a bit when they’re brushed or flossed. They may appear red or swollen. Your dentist may treat this early stage gingivitis with deep cleaning, scaling and root planing or antibiotics. If treatments are successful, the effects of the gum disease can be reversed and there’s no permanent damage to teeth or gums.
If gum disease is allowed to progress to chronic gum disease, or periodontitis, the health implications are more extensive. With periodontitis, gums pull away from teeth and the disease damages the tooth’s root, the soft tissue around the tooth and the bone that supports the tooth. With these supportive structures under attack, teeth become loose. Eventually, teeth are permanently lost.
You can fight the ravages of gum disease with the guidance of a periodontist. A periodontist is a gum disease expert and dentist who has two or three additional years of training and education. They are specialists in gum disease management, and they are trained in other procedures as well, such as lip repositioning, gum contouring and dental implant placement and repair.
If you have gum disease, don’t wait until it has destroyed your oral health to seek treatment. Schedule a consultation with our periodontist in Cutler Bay today by giving us a call at (786) 269-2962.
What Does My Periodontist Do?
Your periodontist is a highly trained gum disease specialist, experienced in providing many different periodontal services. We list a few typical treatments below for your information.
Periodontal disease treatment
Plaque naturally forms on our teeth after we eat or drink, and brushing and flossing can’t always eliminate it entirely. Plaque is a sticky substance, and it contains many harmful bacteria. That bacteria attacks tooth enamel and gum tissue, and it can lurk below the gum line where it erodes ligaments and jaw bone. A gum disease specialist can help stop this progression of disease with many different treatments according to the extent of the gum disease.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth because they can last for many years and they look like natural teeth. The implant uses a metal post embedded into the jawbone to create a stable anchor for a crown, bridge, or denture. Implants allow patients to return to their normal eating, drinking, and speaking habits, and they prevent surrounding teeth from moving out of their proper position.
Your periodontist may need to perform a crown lengthening procedure if your tooth that is broken near or at the gum line or if the tooth is so decayed that there isn’t enough healthy visible tooth to form a strong bond with a restorative crown. The lengthening procedure is fairly straightforward and painless, thanks to the use of local anesthesia. Once the area is numb, the periodontist recontours the soft gum tissue around the tooth. The procedure bares more tooth area above the gum line, allowing the dentist to fit a crown more tightly to the tooth.
Gummy Smile Surgery
Sometimes, gum tissue covers more of the tooth than is desirable, and the result is a gummy smile that looks uneven or ragged. Thankfully, gum disease specialists can help. Seeking periodontics in Cutler Bay can allow you to get gum contouring to even up the gum line. This procedure also pushes the gum line up to a more natural-looking place and helps your smile to show more gleaming teeth.
Soft tissue graft/Gum graft
Gum grafting is an important method for protecting teeth exposed by receding gums. The procedure helps to develop gum tissue where it is deficient and covers tooth roots that have been left unprotected by gum recession.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis
The incidence of oral cancer is rising dramatically, with men twice as likely as women to be diagnosed with the disease. Some of the greatest risk factors for the disease include smoking, drinking alcohol, and having an HPV infection. For diagnosis, our periodontist will take a sample of your suspicious tissue and have a lab analyze the sample for diagnosis. We’ll then discuss treatment plans.
We want your procedures in our office to go smoothly and comfortably for you. Sometimes, that means using sedation. We offer several sedation options, and we’ll review those options with you when you consult with your periodontist.
It’s Easy to Book A Consultation with Skilled Periodontist in Cutler Bay
With one quick phone call to our periodontics office at (786) 269-2962, you can start working your way back to good oral health. Our Dental Specialty Center of Cutler Bay gum disease expert is ready to create a personalized treatment plan for you so that you can regain healthy gums and enjoy a healthy smile again.