Periodontics is focused on preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease and various conditions affecting the gums. Periodontal disease is a type of infection in the plaque. There is a build-up of plaque on the teeth and the bacteria can cause irritation and swelling in the gum tissue. The early phase of this infection is known as gingivitis and if it is not treated in time, it can evolve into periodontitis. Some of the symptoms and characteristics of these conditions are as follows:
- Gingivitis can involve tender, red, inflamed, and bleeding gums
- Periodontitis can include these symptoms along with gum recession and bone/tooth loss
- Gingivitis is controllable or reversible with good oral care and professional cleanings
- Periodontitis requires advanced and frequent treatment
At Restorative and Implant Dentistry, we provide reliable treatment for gum disease to help restore your healthy smile.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Our periodontists will develop a treatment plan based on the severity of your gum disease. If you have early-stage gum disease, scaling and root planning or the use of antibiotics may be required to remove the plaque and bacteria. If the condition is in the advanced stages, we may suggest gum surgery for gum restoration.
Dental implants can last for decades, providing you with highly durable toot replacements. The process involves surgically placing a metal post into the jawbone. We will use a numbing agent or local anesthesia to help keep you comfortable. This is followed by placing a crown, denture, or bridge, allowing the normal functioning of the implant.
The crown is the visible area of your tooth and it has the most important role in the process of biting/chewing. When it is damaged, it can be covered by a restorative crown to ensure you can continue using your teeth for normal functions. When the tooth is broken or damaged near the gum line, it is possible that there may not be enough amount of tooth surface available to fix a crown. In such a situation, our periodontists can consider crown lengthening. This involves pulling a little amount of soft gum tissue from the tooth before reshaping the bone to expose the tooth. This helps create enough surface for fitting a restorative crown.
Gum Grafting or Soft Tissue Grafting
If you are suffering from gum regression, we may consider gum grafting. Gum regression happens when the roots get exposed due to decay, bacteria, and sensitivity. The procedure involves covering such exposed roots. Gum grafting or soft tissue grafting helps reduce future:
- Gum recession
- Bone loss
Gummy Smile Surgery
If your teeth get covered by an excess amount of gum tissue, we can consider gummy smile surgery to help restore the functionality and beautiful smile. This procedure involves contouring the gum tissue and making it curve beautifully around the tooth. Thus, more tooth surfaces will become visible when you speak and smile.
Our cosmetic periodontal surgery procedures provide you with a predictable way to overcome the functional and aesthetic challenges of exposed, unsightly, and sensitive root surfaces. These procedures also help prevent potential gum recession in the future. Even if you are not satisfied with the look of your short and unappealing teeth, we can provide a combination of periodontal treatments to improve your smile.
At Restorative and Implant Dentistry, we provide a complete range of dental care services to our patients from the Pompano Beach area. Our team of award-winning dentists offers over a century of combined dental care experience. We will develop the best dental treatment plan for you based on a thorough examination and assessment. Over the years, we have built a reputation for our professional and courteous services while adhering to the highest industry standards.