Why see a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who receives extensive training, in order to specialise in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) diseases.
What is Periodontic Treatment?
Periodontists are expertly trained to treat patients with severe gum disease or patients with a complex medical history. They offer a wide range of treatments, from scaling and root planning (a treatment for periodontal disease) to soft tissue grafts (to cover the exposed roots of teeth, reduce sensitivity or prevent additional recession). On top of this, periodontists are specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants as well.
During your first visit, a periodontist will evaluate your gum inflammation, examine the space between the gum and the tooth (probing depth or pocket depth), and measure the gum recession. A periodontist will then formulate a periodontal diagnosis and treatment plan based on clinical examination and radiographic investigation.
What are various of thegum procedures ?
- Scaling and root planing: The treatment of periodontal (gum) disease depends on the severity of the disease. Periodontal (gum) disease progresses as the bacteria, plaque and tartar (calculus) in the space between gums and teeth (pocket) can cause damage to the gums and bone loss.
- Pocket elimination surgery: Pocket elimination surgery is a collective term for several different surgical procedures that is aimed to gain access to the roots of teeth to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar (calculus) and help reduce the depth of pockets.
- Regenerative periodontal treatment: Regenerative periodontal treatment (guided tissue regeneration) is performed in certain situations to “regrow” the bone and gum attachment around teeth that have been damaged by periodontal disease.
- Crown lengthening: When a tooth is decayed or broken below the gum line, crown lengthening can be recommended by a dentist to expose more of the tooth to make a restorative / cosmetic procedure possible.
- Soft tissue grafts: Soft tissue graft procedures can be performed to cover the exposed roots of teeth, reduce sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids and prevent additional recession and bone loss as well as improve the aesthetics of gum line.
- Preservation of jawbone after extraction (socket preservation): Socket preservation (alveolar ridge preservation) can minimize bone loss after tooth extraction by filling the socket with bone grafting materials. Such a procedure can provide a foundation for a future implant placement to replace the missing tooth.
- Sinus augmentation: Sinus graft or sinus lift is performed to increase the thin wall of bone between the maxillary sinus and the mouth to allow replacement of upper missing teeth with dental implants.
- Gum depigmentation