What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who pays extra attention and care to a patient’s gums. Sometimes, periodontists are called the “plastic surgeons of dentistry” because they use a variety of tools to remodel soft tissue and can even restructure the bone in the jaw.
Treatments Offered by a Periodontist:
• Dental implants
• Gum graft surgery
• Crown lengthening surgery
• Diagnosis of underlining issues for gum disease
• Removal of dental plaque and hardened calculus (tartar)
• Minor gum surgery
What Does a Periodontist Do?
This professional works with the patient and a general dentist to help prevent, diagnose and treat diseased gums. Although a periodontist would prefer to stay in the preventative stage, in some cases he or she will be required to resolve a case of periodontitis (severe gum disease) with the use of lasers or gum grafts. If a tooth cannot be saved, the placement of a dental implant in the jaw will be implemented.
How They Treat Gum Disease:
Treatment begins with as minimal invasive measures as possible, such as scaling and root planning. The dentist will use a special hand-held tool to help clean the root surfaces of the teeth. In some cases, lasers can be used, or the patient might even receive antimicrobial medication to take along with the procedure. For some patients, this might be enough to remove the tartar and plaque, followed up with meticulous maintenance plan, for others they may require more treatment.
In the situation where the gum is loose and no longer fits around the tooth, minor surgery where the periodontist opens a flap in the gums to remove the infected tissue will be required. This removal allows for healthy gum tissue to naturally reattach to the bone. This pocket reduction surgery is typically very effective to fix this issue.
When the gum disease has reached the point of eroding the bone within the jaw, regenerative procedures will be required. This will include bone grafts, gum grafts, or even tissue-stimulating growth applications to try and repair the tooth. In some cases when the tooth is not able to be saved a dental implant will become necessary.
Although periodontists are happy to help patients maintain healthy gums they prefer to keep their patients in the preventative stage. To avoid periodontitis or worse, follow a proper oral health routine and take care of your gums. Schedule your appointment with Family Specialty Dentistry, your dental office in Hesperia, CA and Rancho Cucamonga, CA today!