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Healthy gums contribute to healthy teeth and a healthy body. Whereas unhealthy gums can lead to tooth loss, and contribute to inflammatory health conditions like cardiovascular disease.
Gum disease progresses in stages, but it’s reversible when treated early. With early gingivitis, gums become slightly swollen and red, and they often bleed when teeth are brushed. Treatment of gingivitis can often avoid permanent damage to the teeth and gums. Unfortunately, if gingivitis develops into periodontitis, treatment needs to be more aggressive to counteract the significant damage done to the soft tissue and bones that support teeth.
Periodontists are gum experts who can help patients with periodontitis. They are dentists who have trained an additional two or three years to learn how to manage gum disease. Periodontists also specialize in other procedures, such as dental implant surgery and gum reshaping procedures.
Our specialists providing periodontics in Miami Beach are here to help you reclaim your healthy gums. Give us a call at (561) 299-5872 to book your consultation today.
What Can I Expect from My Periodontist?
Your periodontist is trained to provide a number of treatments and restorative procedures. Here’s a short list of some common periodontal services.
Periodontal disease treatment
Gum disease treatment is essential to help save your natural teeth and recover your oral health. The bacteria-heavy plaque that causes cavities also causes gum disease, and that plaque can creep down to your tooth’s roots. Once settled below your gum line and into your tooth roots, plaque bacteria can cause severe damage to your teeth and the jawbone that supports those teeth. A gum disease expert can help combat that damage. Using several different methods to remove the plaque and bacteria below your gum line, periodontists can restore your gum health.
Dental Implant Placement
One of the most durable options for tooth replacement is a dental implant. With an implant, a metal post is surgically embedded into the jawbone, acting like a tooth’s roots. A crown is attached to the secure post, and it looks and works just like a natural tooth. The implant helps maintain jawbone density, facial structure, and bite alignment.
Many patients who need restorative crowns or partial dentures may need a crown lengthening procedure to provide enough tooth surface to create a secure fit for the crown. During the procedure, the periodontist administers a local anesthetic to keep the patient comfortable and then reshapes the gum line and tooth bone. This exposes more of the tooth above the gum line so that a crown can be snugly placed over the tooth. The procedure is also used for patients who have excess gum tissue covering their teeth.
Gummy Smile Surgery
If a gummy smile makes you feel self-conscious, talk to your periodontist in Miami Beach about this procedure. During the procedure, your gum line is contoured and reshaped so that more of your teeth are visible when you smile. This procedure also can even out your gum line so you can enjoy a more engaging smile.
Soft tissue graft/Gum graft
If your gums are receding and your tooth roots are exposed, talk to your gum disease specialist about gum grafting. The grafting procedure can help develop gum tissue where it is missing and cover exposed tooth roots. The procedure helps stave off future bone loss, lowers the risk for future decay, and reduces tooth sensitivity.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis
Over the past few years, oral cancer diagnoses have markedly increased. Most of these cases are related to HPV infection and smoking. If you have oral cancer symptoms or risk factors, talk to your dental professional. Our periodontist can help ensure a proper diagnosis and give you the information you need to choose the right treatment option for you.
Sedation can help keep you calm and comfortable during treatment in our periodontics office. Our periodontist is skilled with a variety of sedation methods, including nitrous oxide.
Call Us Today to Meet with a Dental Specialty Center of Miami Beach Gum Disease Specialist
Healthy gums show off healthy teeth. And you can start working toward restoring your gum health today by giving our gum disease expert a quick call at (561) 299-5872. We’ll schedule your consultation with our knowledgeable periodontist in Miami Beach, so you can learn more about your treatment options. We look forward to hearing from you.