Only a periodontist can provide thorough and advanced periodontal treatment to manage complex and progressive cases of gum disease.
Since periodontal (gum) disease is a major threat to your oral health, seeing a specialist for treatment is one of the best investments a person can make in managing their condition.
Gum Disease and Your Health
Untreated gum disease can have lasting consequences on your oral health and overall wellness. This condition is powerful enough to destroy the gums and jawbones. Untreated periodontal disease is the primary cause behind adult tooth loss, and the infection present in the gums is capable of entering the blood stream. Periodontal disease can contribute to and exacerbate conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular problems. It can also have a negative affect on the body’s immune system.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Patients with periodontal disease have treatment options. From deep prophylaxis such as scaling and root planing to surgical procedures, Dr. Bezik can help stop the progression of periodontal disease while improving oral health. Non-surgical treatments like scaling and root planing (SRP) remove badly diseased tissue along with irritants such as plaque and tartar above and below the gums. This thorough cleaning helps prevent new tartar buildup along the roots of teeth. Normally administered in increments, SRP also encourages the regeneration of new gingival tissue.
Surgical treatments can include a procedure called gum flap surgery or the grafting of soft tissue. When surgical treatments are needed, our practice takes great efforts to ensure that our patients have a comfortable and positive experience. The goal of all periodontal therapy is to improve gum health and remove irritants and diseased tissue.
Why Choose a Periodontist
While some periodontal therapy is available at general dentistry practices, most dentists prefer to refer their patients to a periodontist – especially for complex and advanced cases of gum disease. This is because periodontists possess specialized equipment and technology along with additional training and education to treat diseases and issues that affect soft oral tissues. Choosing a periodontist is wise for those in need of thorough, high quality care of a specialized nature.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) but if left untreated will cause tooth decay resulting in the possibility of tooth loss. Signs to look for in gingivitis are: redness, swollen and bleeding of the gums when brushing. Fortunately if detected early, gingivitis is reversible with professional cleaning and good oral care.
There are several forms of periodontal disease:
- Aggressive periodontitis: results in bone destruction leading to the loss of the tooth in younger patients with a fast speed in progression of the disease. More common on genetically susceptible patients.
- Chronic periodontitis: results from accumulation of dental plaque causing inflammation; may not be caused genetically.
- Necrotizing Periodontitis: an infection characterized by necrosis of gingival tissues, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. They are most commonly observed in individuals with systemic conditions such as HIV infection, malnutrition and immunosuppression.
- Periodontitis Caused by Systemic Disease: caused by conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and the like.
Here at Metro Dental Health, we want to make sure our patients maintain a healthy mouth by providing proper screenings and treatments. Contact our office to schedule an appointment today!
We are currently accepting new patients. In addition to our skilled periodontist, Dr. Bezik, our practice employs a general dentist on-site for routine dental concerns along with knowledgeable support personnel including dental hygienists and assistants.
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