Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offers periodontics. Periodontics is a dental specialty that involves the gums, bones, and ligaments of the teeth. Periodontics covers the diseases, specifically periodontal disease, and conditions that affect these supporting structures. The practice of periodontics includes cosmetic procedures, such as dental implants, and treatment of inflammation in the mouth.
What are some of the common procedures for periodontics?
Because periodontists typically manage cases of severe gum disease, the most common procedures are scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleanings and root surface debridement. Scaling and root planing procedures clean the root of an infected tooth. Root surface debridement procedures remove damaged tissue from the root of the tooth. Periodontists often use dental implants for patients with missing teeth. Teeth may be lost due to gum disease, tooth decay, or injury to the mouth. The dental implants serve as foundations for crowns, much like the roots of natural teeth. Dental implants are inserted into the socket of the missing tooth, and over time, the jaw bone grows around the implant. A connector is added to the implant, and the crown is adhered to the connector.
What happens during the periodontics examination?
The periodontist examines the gums to determine if they have pulled away, or receded, from the teeth. The bite is examined to determine how well the teeth fit together. The periodontist checks for loose teeth and other signs of periodontal disease. If the patient has pockets around the teeth as a result of gum disease, the periodontist uses a special tool to measure the depth of the pockets. The measurements are used to determine the health of the gums. The periodontics examination may include x-rays.
Does Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry recommend periodontics for any of its patients?
Typically, patients with signs of periodontal disease should receive periodontics procedures. Advances in oral health care have determined that certain conditions related to aging increase the likelihood of periodontal disease. Older patients should consider periodontics as part of their routine oral health care.