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Did you know that maintaining healthy gums is just as important as ensuring that your teeth are healthy?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately half of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of chronic gum disease. Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease and is called gingivitis in its earliest stages. During the early stages of gingivitis, the gums become red and swollen. The gums may also bleed during brushing or flossing. Gingivitis can be easily treated when caught in its earliest stages.
If you fail to treat your gingivitis, the infection in the gums will grow worse. This can lead to more serious forms of periodontal disease. In serious cases, your gums will pull away from your teeth. This can cause severe damage to the ligaments and bone that hold the teeth in place, leading to your teeth becoming loose. This is why gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
A periodontist is a gum disease specialist. The main difference between a periodontist and a dentist is that a periodontist has completed an additional two to three years of training in treating gum disease, placing dental implants, and performing advanced cosmetic procedures such as lip repositioning and gum contouring.
If you are in need of periodontal services, contact our periodontist in College Park to book your appointment at Dental One Associates of College Park. We look forward to helping you maintain your oral health.
What Is a Periodontist?
Periodontists are experts in diagnosing and treating of diseases and conditions that impact the soft gum tissue. The word periodontics has its roots in two Greek words: “perio” (meaning “around”) and “dontic” (meaning “tooth”).
A gum disease expert offers the following services:
Periodontal disease treatment
The primary cause of gum disease is the bacteria found in plaque. Plaque is a substance that sticks to the teeth after eating or drinking. Regular brushing and flossing can prevent plaque from building up. However, if left untreated, the bacteria will attack the enamel of the tooth, causing cavities. Eventually, the bacteria will move on and attack the gum tissue, causing the ligaments and the jawbone to break down.
Dental implant placement
A gum disease specialist can also place dental implants. A dental implant is a tooth replacement device that is placed within the jawbone. The implant mimics the roots of the tooth and offers a sturdy base for a bridge, crown, or denture. A dental implant can help to save the jawbone, meaning that your facial proportions will remain intact. Your teeth will also be less likely to slip out of position.
The part of the tooth that is located above the gum line is known as the crown. In some instances, a procedure that lengthens the crown needs to be performed. This is usually done to lengthen a tooth in order to properly fit a crown over the tooth or to show more tooth so that a bracket for braces or a partial denture can be attached. The procedure is also done for cosmetic reasons.
Gummy smile surgery
Excess gum tissue around the teeth can make your teeth appear to be shorter. If you are one of the many people who have this problem, a gum disease expert can correct this cosmetic issue via gum contouring surgery. This procedure consists of the periodontist shaping the gum tissue in order to make the gum line even.
Soft tissue graft/gum graft
Gum grafting is a procedure offered by a periodontist when the gums are recessed and the tooth’s root is exposed. This procedure helps to prevent bone loss and decay.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis
Oral cancer is primarily caused by HPV infection and smoking. Our periodontics office offers oral cancer screenings. If the dentist finds that you have oral cancer, our periodontist will discuss treatment methods with you.
No matter what type of procedure you need, we will make sure that you remain comfortable throughout your treatment. Your periodontist will discuss sedation options with you when you have your consultation.
Contact Us to Make an Appointment with a Periodontist in College Park
Keeping your gums healthy is an essential element of maintaining your oral health. If you’re in need of periodontics in College Park, call Dental One Associates of College Park at (678) 619-5697 today. Our friendly staff is ready to answer any questions that you may have regarding the health of your gums.