Dental Specialty Center of Naples
4955 Castello Drive, Naples, FL 34103
Most people want a healthy smile, and part of creating that healthy smile is to have healthy, infection-free gums.
Sadly, gum disease is a widespread problem among the nation’s adults. Nearly half of all adults over the age of 30 in the United States have chronic gum disease. Risk factors for gum disease include smoking, age, diet, medications, lack of proper care, and genetic predisposition.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, begins as gingivitis. With gingivitis, bacteria irritates gums, causing gums to redden and bleed when brushing or flossing. Gingivitis can be reversed when treated, preventing long-term damage. If untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which damages the ligaments and bone that hold teeth in place. Without the supportive structure, teeth loosen and may eventually fall out.
Gum disease experts can help. Periodontists are dentists and gum disease specialists who have two to three years of additional education and training. They are also trained in dental implant placement and management, and they can perform cosmetic procedures like gum contouring.
Regaining your healthy smile and healthy gums requires just a phone call to our office. Contact us to book an appointment with our skilled periodontist in Naples. We are looking forward to helping you regain pink, healthy gums.
It’s important to explore periodontics in Naples whenever your gums seem unusually sore or swollen, your teeth are becoming loose, or you need specialized care from a gum disease expert. Learn more about the typical services provided by a periodontics office by reading below:
Many patients wonder why they should get treatment from a gum disease expert for something that sounds as innocuous as “gum disease.” The truth is that gum disease can do enormous damage to your teeth, gums, ligaments and the jawbone if left untreated. Fortunately, there are many different treatments that a periodontist in Naples can provide. All of these treatments will help stem the damage caused by gum disease and repair your oral health.
Tooth loss can be frustrating, and it can change the shape of your face. Fortunately, patients now have the option of a dental implant to replace the missing tooth. These long-lasting implants look like natural teeth, and they prevent many of the side effects of losing a tooth. During an implant procedure, a post is inserted into the jawbone and a crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the post. The embedded post is a secure anchor and acts like a tooth root so you can eat, drink, smile and speak naturally.
The crown is the visible part of the tooth. A crown lengthening procedure reduces some of the gum around the tooth so that more of the crown is visible. Sometimes, this procedure is done to reveal more of the tooth so that a replacement crown or partial denture can be fitted more securely to the tooth. Other times, the procedure is a cosmetic one, used to remove excess gum tissue around the tooth to create a broader smile.
Just as it may be necessary to lengthen your tooth’s crown for oral health reasons, you may need this surgery to improve a smile that shows too much gum and too little tooth. For this gummy smile procedure, our periodontist contours your gum line. With your gums reshaped in a more even, natural pattern, your smile shows more tooth and looks more appealing.
Gum grafting helps patients who suffer from receding gums and tooth root exposure. Our periodontist covers the exposed areas with a gum tissue graft so that tooth roots are protected from bacteria and further decay. The procedure can also help lower the risk for future bone loss and additional gum recession.
While tobacco has been linked to oral cancer, an increasing number of oral cancer cases are associated with HPV infection. To ensure a proper diagnosis, our periodontist will take tissue samples for lab analysis. With the diagnosis made, we’ll discuss potential treatment methods.
Your comfort and health is always our top concern, and sedation during some procedures may be recommended. We’ll discuss your sedation options during your consultation, so you can participate fully in your care.
Gum disease affects most adults at one time or another, and there is no reason to delay treatment for fear of judgement. At Dental Specialty Center of Naples we applaud your willingness to seek help from the gum disease experts, and we’re looking forward to helping you restore your gums’ health with our experienced periodontal services. You can reach our gum disease specialist during regular office hours at (239) 227-2479; we can’t wait to hear from you.