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Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that around half of Americans over 30 have gum disease. Gum disease starts off as gingivitis. Symptoms of gingivitis include gums that are swollen or red and that bleed when you brush or floss. When left untreated, gingivitis will progress into severe periodontal disease. Severe periodontal disease causes the gums to move away from the teeth, leading to damage to the ligaments and jawbone. This damage can lead to tooth loss.
Also known as a periodontist, a gum disease specialist is a dentist who has undergone two to three years of additional training in treating diseases of the gums, putting in dental implants and performing cosmetic techniques that impact the appearance of the gums.
Contact our periodontics office to book your consultation with a periodontist in Fayetteville today. Our team at Dental One Associates of Fayetteville is always ready to help.
What Services Does a Periodontist Offer?
A periodontist is a gum disease expert. The word periodontics is from the Greek words “perio” and “dontic.” These words mean “around” and “tooth.” Periodontists diagnose and treat conditions, issues and diseases that involve the soft gum tissue.
Some common periodontal services include:
Periodontal disease treatment
The sticky substance known as plaque is full of bacteria. If left on the teeth, the bacteria will attack the enamel. This causes cavities and will eventually lead to periodontal disease. When a person has periodontal disease, the ligaments and jawbone that hold the teeth in place will begin to break down.
Dental implant placement
In cases where a patient needs a stable base for a crown, bridge, or denture, a dental implant is often placed into the jawbone to mimic the roots of the tooth. Dental implants are natural looking and last for a long time. Benefits of dental implants include preserving the jawbone, ensuring that facial proportions remain intact, keeping teeth from moving out of position and reducing wrinkling around the mouth.
Another procedure that is often performed by a gum disease specialist is lengthening the crown. The crown of the tooth is located above the gum line. The lengthening procedure consists of a periodontist removing some of the gum around the tooth, exposing more of the crown. This procedure is performed for cosmetic reasons, when attaching partial dentures or braces, or to help fit a crown over the tooth.
Gummy smile surgery
Patients who have excess gum tissue around their teeth will be interested in this procedure. Excess gum makes teeth appear to be shorter than they actually are. Our periodontist in Fayetteville can perform a simple procedure known as gum contouring. During this procedure, the gum tissue will be shaped in a way that makes the gum line even.
Soft tissue graft/gum graft
Receding gums can cause the root of the tooth to become exposed. When this happens you will need to have a gum disease expert perform a gum grafting procedure. During this procedure, your periodontist will graft gum tissue to cover the exposed area. This will prevent further recession and reduce your risk of developing bone loss or decay.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis
The rate of oral cancers has increased rapidly in recent years. The majority of cases are linked to HPV rather than smoking. Our professional team can perform an oral cancer screening and send your tissue samples off to a lab for diagnosis. Once your results are in, your periodontist will discuss the best treatment options for you.
We always want to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout whatever treatment you need. If needed during your procedure, you will be given nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or some other type of sedation. Once you have had your consultation, our periodontist will discuss sedation methods with you.
Call Us to Learn More About Periodontics in Fayetteville
Healthy gums keep your teeth in place and make your smile appear happy and healthy. If you believe that you are in need of periodontal treatment, call our periodontist at Dental One Associates of Fayetteville at (678) 228-8348. We are ready to answer your questions and help you design a personalized treatment plan.