Frequently Asked Questions
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that deteriorates the soft tissue and the bones that support your teeth. WHen bacteria first take root, they aren’t immediately noticeable. Unless the tooth is already exposed, the afflicted area won’t experience much pain. However, if left untreated, it can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Studies have shown that there is a link between oral health and systemic diseases. Systemic diseases are relevant in that, rather than affecting a single area, they can affect the entire body. With such a widespread impact, the best choice is to practice good oral habits, so that the mouth does not become a gateway.
Did you know that your gum disease can contribute to heart disease?
Those with poor oral health are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The connection is in the bacteria in gum disease, which has the potential to narrow important arteries.
Why should I choose implants over other treatments?
In a word; durability. Dental implants are longer lasting and look more natural, compared to their alternatives. They do not cause the strain or bone loss that is more commonly associated with dentures or fixed bridges. Dental implants are built with the intention to last.
Why should I consider Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is a potential solution to ‘gummy smile.’ Such cases are where there is excess gum tissue, giving the teeth the appearance of being shorter. This process evens the gum lines and results in a beautiful symmetry of the teeth.
How do I know when to get a Soft Tissue Graft?
In the case of periodontal disease, the gums gradually recede and expose the root of the tooth. A soft tissue graft is recommended at this time, not only to cover the newly exposed area, but to prevent bone loss. It will lessen the area’s sensitivity and even the gum line.
Signs to look out for.
Talk to your periodontist if you have: bleeding gums, tenderness or swelling, receding gums, loose teeth, or halitosis.These may be indications of periodontal infection. The best scenario is to take swift action and schedule an appointment. When cases are caught early on, it is simpler to care for the symptoms.
How to prevent periodontal disease?
The basics cannot be stressed enough. Daily brushing and flossing are the key to a healthy mouth. However, genetics can be a deciding factor as well. Make sure you are informed about your family’s dental history. If you are predisposed to periodontal disease, the best course is to be especially diligent in your dental care. If you exhibit any concerning symptoms, talk to your periodontist straight away.
Why should I see an periodontist?
A periodontist specializes in correcting malocclusions, issues with the bite. Malocclusions can cause discomfort, affect speech, and even prevent sleep. A periodontist will align the teeth and the jaw to their proper position, thus alleviating the issues. If this refers to you, feel free to schedule a consultation at our office.
How much will my treatment cost?
Just as each customer’s care varies, so does the cost of payment. One must take into account the depth of an issue and the length of treatment. Your periodontist will be sure to inform you of the expected cost for each type of procedure.
When should I start seeing an periodontist?
The earliest time to start seeing a periodontist is at 7 years old. While treatment is likely unnecessary at this time, your periodontist can monitor and prevent any potential complications in dental development. This should not discourage adults from visiting as well. A periodontist is equipped to provide aid to patients of all ages, as their needs vary. Feel free to call in to our office today for a consultation.
What is the difference between a periodontist and a dentist?
All periodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are periodontists. The primary difference between the two is in their schooling. Your periodontist will have continued to go on in their schooling in order to learn specialized methods. Your dentist will focus on cleaning and general oral health. An periodontist specializes in treating the gums and the bone supporting the teeth.