A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of problems that affect the gums and other supporting tissues of the teeth. If you want to keep your teeth for life - a completely reasonable goal in this day and age - you need to make sure the tissues that surround them are also healthy. Should gum problems arise, you may need periodontal therapy to restore diseased tissues to health. Learn more about Periodontal Therapy.
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Typically, dental implants are allowed to heal for 12 weeks to several months before they are used to support new teeth. This method can often be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or a full-mouth of teeth, upper or lower, with remarkable comfort, predictability and esthetics. Other procedures like extractions can also be accomplished at the same time as well. It is possible to walk into the office missing one or more teeth, and leave that same day with a completely new set of provisional teeth.
Soft Tissue Grafting
One of the most common problems identified by patients is gum recession. This occurs mainly in patients with thin, fragile gums, or patients that suffer from the gum disease, periodontitis. Gum recession can make your teeth feel sensitive and look longer than usual. Teeth may feel sensitive because the roots are exposed to temperature changes in your mouth and the effects of certain foods such as sugar and citrus juices.
Treatment of Gum Disease
Treating gum disease starts with the removal of any plaque and hardened deposits (tartar or calculus) on the tooth root surfaces. This may be followed by other non-surgical treatments and/or periodontal surgery to remove diseased tissue and restore your mouth to the best possible health.
Cosmetic Gum Surgery
The gum tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth plays a big role in how appealing your smile will look. Excess gum tissue, gum recession, and an uneven gum line are all problems that can often be successfully treated surgically at the dental office. Learn more about Cosmetic Gum Surgery.
If Gum Recession is affecting your health or your appearance, a routine surgical procedure called gum grafting may help. It involves carefully placing a small amount of new tissue in an area where little or no gum tissue currently exists - typically recommended to prevent further gum recession or to help cover tooth root surfaces that have become exposed. Learn more about Gum Grafting.
There are times when it is in your best interest to have a tooth extracted (removed). This could be the case for a variety of reasons, including: damage or trauma to the tooth; extensive gum disease; extensive tooth decay; or overcrowding.
Bone grafting, a minor in-office surgical procedure, is commonly used in dentistry to correct deficiencies in bone quantity and to build support for teeth or dental implants.
Treatment of Loose Teeth & Bite Problems
Periodontal disease is the most common cause of loose teeth, though placing too much stress on the teeth can aggravate the problem. Whatever the cause, loose teeth require immediate treatment.
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