Periodontics is mainly concerned with the treatment and diagnosis of inflammatory diseases affecting the mouth. Conditions like periodontal disease can harm the gums and supporting teeth structures. A periodontist is a type of dentist who specializes in these types of situations, as well as the placement of dental implants.
Medically known as periodontal disease, gum disease is a serious and progressive condition involving inflammation along the gum line. It can become very serious and cause the eventual loss of teeth.
Gum disease normally begins with inflammation that is evident along the gum line. Your gums may also feel painful or tender at this time, as well as bleeding easily whenever you brush or floss.
Another possible indication of gum disease is bad breath. Your mouth harbors millions of bacteria that thrive in its moist, warm environment. This bacteria releases toxins that can harm your gums and cause a foul smell.
If your gum disease has progressed enough, you will need a procedure called scaling and root planing. This procedure may be performed over multiple visits, depending upon your individual needs.
The scaling part of the process is when your dentist or dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar that reaches down into the bottom of all periodontal pockets.
The second part of the process is root planing. This is where your dentist or dental hygienist will smooth, or plane, your gum tissue which helps it heal and form a better attachment to your teeth.
We may advise you to undergo a regenerative procedure when you have experienced destruction of bone support for your teeth because of periodontal disease. Restorative procedures can help to reverse periodontal disease damage through the regeneration of lost bone and tissues.
We begin by folding back the gums while removing bacteria. We will then use membranes, tissue-stimulating proteins, or bone grafts to foster the development and regeneration of bone and tissue in the area.
If roots need covering, a gum graft procedure can be used. This also helps to foster the development of gum tissue missing because of gingival recession. We perform a gum graft procedure by removing gum tissue from a donor location to cover your exposed root. The procedure can be performed for the treatment of one tooth, or several teeth, to help reduce sensitivity and even out your gum line.
One benefit of a gum graft procedure is that it can reduce the progression of recession and prevent bone loss. It can also provide a covering for exposed roots so that they are guarded from decay. The surgery can minimize tooth sensitivity and improve smile aesthetics.
Do you have a missing tooth? Or do you have multiple missing teeth? No matter the case, a dental implant can help. Implants are now the preferred treatment for tooth replacement for a number of reasons:
A new dental implant should last for several decades. In fact, it can be expected to last for the rest of your life. Your new implant-supported crown will both appear and function as a natural tooth.
Without a tooth in its socket, your jawbone will begin to reduce in size - a process known as resorption. Your new implant will serve as a replacement tooth root that your jawbone will fuse onto over time. This preserves the bone in this area.
If your tooth has gone missing for a while, don't worry. We can normally perform a bone graft procedure so that sufficient bone is available for anchoring your new implant. Of course, this does add a layer of complexity and expense to the procedure, so you want to avoid this, if possible, by addressing missing teeth in a timely manner.
We would like to hear from you if you are intrigued by the idea of receiving a dental implant as a solution to one or more missing teeth. Please consider scheduling a consultation with Aesthetic Dentistry of Rockland County today to enhance your smile with dental implants.
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