Plump, healthy gums are the hallmark of a healthy smile. Keeping gums healthy can be difficult, though, especially as you age. One out of every two adults over the age of 30 in the United States has gum disease. That rate jumps to more than 70 percent for Americans who are aged 65 or older.
Far from being just a nuisance, gum disease can have serious side effects. If allowed to progress to a chronic stage called periodontitis, gum disease can attack the soft tissue and bone that support teeth. Without treatment, the disease can lead to loose teeth that can eventually fall out.
Your periodontist is your best resource for fighting the disease and its effects. A periodontist is a gum disease expert with years of extra training and education in gum disease management. A periodontist can also perform a number of treatments and procedures to ease the disease and fight the long-term problems created by gum disease.
If you have periodontitis, don’t wait to seek treatment. We’re here to give you the professional, expert care you need. Book an appointment with our periodontist in Florida by making a quick call to our office at .
What Does My Periodontist do?
Your periodontist is a gum disease specialist who treats conditions affecting your mouth’s soft tissue. The range of periodontal services available in our periodontics office is broad. Take a look at some of our treatments below:
Periodontal disease treatment
A gum disease specialist develops a gum disease treatment plan based on the extent of your gum disease. If the disease is in its early stages, your periodontist in Florida may recommend scaling and root planing or the application of antibiotics to help eliminate the plaque and bacteria that linger beneath the gum line. If your disease is more advanced and has damaged the stability of your teeth, your periodontist may recommend gum surgery or other methods to restore your gums.
Dental Implant Placement
With a lifespan of up to 25 years, dental implants are some of the most durable tooth replacements available. During the implant process, your periodontist will surgically place a metal post into your jawbone. Local anesthesia and/or numbing agents will ensure that you stay comfortable during the procedure. A natural-looking crown, bridge, or denture will then be attached to the secure post so that you can eat and drink normally.
The visible part of your tooth is the crown, and it’s important for biting and chewing. Sometimes, the crown of your tooth becomes so damaged that it needs to be covered by a cap-like restorative crown. If the tooth is damaged or broken near the gum line, there may not be enough tooth surface left to attach a restorative crown. Crown lengthening procedures can solve this dilemma by pulling some of the soft gum tissue away from the tooth and reshaping the tooth bone so more of the tooth is exposed. This allows the dentist to snugly fit a crown over the tooth.
Gummy Smile Surgery
Gummy smile surgery is a helpful option for those who feel that their teeth are covered by too much gum tissue. During the procedure, the periodontist contours the gum tissue so it curves more appealingly around the tooth. This procedure also helps more of the tooth’s surface to show when smiling and speaking.
Soft tissue graft/Gum graft
Gum grafting is a good option for patients who are experiencing gum regression. In cases where this has happened, the roots of the teeth are exposed to bacteria, decay, and sensitivity. A grafting procedure can cover the vulnerable roots. There are many benefits to the procedure, including reducing the risk for future gum recession, bone loss and decay.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis
Oral cancer can affect nearly any part of your mouth, lips and throat, and it’s an increasing problem in the U.S. Men over 50 are especially at risk as are those who use tobacco or have HPV. If your dental professional suspects that you have oral cancer, your periodontist will take a tissue sample and have a qualified lab analyze the sample for diagnosis.
We work hard to keep our patients comfortable during treatment. Our periodontist is experienced in nitrous oxide and other sedation methods and can review your options during your appointment.
Call Now for a Consultation with Our Gum Disease Expert
Pink, plump and healthy gums are the perfect frame for your pearly whites, but they’re also vital to the security, safety, and health of your teeth. At Dental Specialty Centers of Florida, we look forward to providing comprehensive periodontics in Florida. Call us today to get started.