What is Periodontics?
Gum disease can cause tooth sensitivity, bone loss and even tooth loss. Your oral health affects you overall health and well-being, and periodontitis may also increase the risk of heart disease and other serious problems. A healthy diet and consistent oral hygiene routine of twice-daily brushing and flossing are also essential to halt periodontal disease and keep gums healthy.
Periodontics is a field of dentistry which focuses on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases and oral inflammation, and the maintenance of the health, function and esthetics of the surrounding and supporting tissues of the teeth. It includes the placement and maintenance of dental implants as well.
Periodontics covers a wide range of treatments, including:
Scaling and Root Planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat periodontal disease. Using a hand scaler or ultrasonic instrument, your periodontist removes all plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. Root planing smooths your teeth roots and helps your gums reattach to teeth.
Gum Grafting. If left untreated, gum recession can lead to exposed tooth roots and tooth loss. Gum grafting involves taking healthy tissue from one area of the mouth and attaching it to the area where the teeth and gums need to be repaired. It can stop gum recession and bone loss, reduce tooth sensitivity and protect the roots of your teeth from decay. Gum grafts also result in a more even gum line, which can improve the appearance of your smile.
Crown Lengthening. A surgical procedure that exposes tooth structure covered by gum and bone tissue, crown lengthening is often performed to secure a dental crown when there is not enough tooth above the gumline. It can also be used as a cosmetic procedure to improve a “gummy smile.”
Dental Implants An implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gum line to replace a missing tooth. After healing is complete, your general dentist attaches a crown or denture that looks, feels and functions like a real tooth.
Periodontal Maintenance A vital part of halting gum disease, at periodontal maintenance visits your periodontist examines gum tissue, checks recession, measures pocket depths and cleans your teeth.
At the Cranford Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants, we are committed to helping you achieve optimum oral health through periodontics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.