This is a branch of dentistry that centers on the study of the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a specialty that places special focus on the periodontium: the gingiva, alveolar bone, cementum, and periodontal ligament.
Consultations with us involve a thorough study of the supporting structure of patients’ teeth in search of the many diseases that can assail them. This process includes such services like scaling and deep cleaning –also called root planning-, insertion of dental implants –dentures inclusive- and crown lengthening.
We treat those inflammatory diseases that seek to destroy the integrity of the gum and the other supporting structures in the oral cavity. Years of experience have made us specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases and oral inflammation.
Checking for gum disease or periodontal disease is one of the most important indications your dentist can provide. Without healthy gums, the chances of your teeth remaining healthy will be significantly reduced. Gum disease can lead to many other problems, including tooth loss.
The screening of gum disease is neither painful nor invasive. Your dentist uses a simple probe to measure the space in the gum pockets and only until you feel resistance. This process is extremely valuable in determining the best options for the optimum state of the oral cavity. If you discover that you have gum disease, do not despair. The next step is to try to find out the severity of the gum disease.
The most common gum disease alternative procedure are Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing. This procedure is essentially a method of deep cleaning of the gum lines, under the gums and along the roots of the teeth, where tartar and bacteria can form. By deeply cleaning the gums and the roots of the teeth, we can prevent the accumulation of bacteria that worsen the condition of the gums.
Periodontal surgery is used to treat periodontal disease, caused by bacterial action. If proper oral hygiene is not maintained, the teeth become the breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria emit harmful chemicals and form a colorless plate on the teeth. Due to periodontal diseases, the tissue of the gums and bone are destroyed. If too much bone tissue is lost, the teeth can be extracted.
Periodontal surgery is recommended only in cases where non-surgical procedures cannot repair damaged tissues around the teeth. This is a specialized procedure and can not be performed by general dentists. This must be done by a qualified dental surgeon. These periodontal diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be corrected using regenerative methods.
Periodontal surgery is a painless procedure. This is due to the fact that today the best sedatives and anesthetics are available, and more advanced surgical methods have been developed. Using these advanced techniques, periodontal surgery can be performed as conveniently as any other conventional dental procedure.
To keep your teeth and gums healthy, it is important that you check with your dentist every 6 months. Greater oral hygiene is not only important for the overall health of your body but also makes it more attractive.
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