Periodontics is a specialty dental practice that involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal, or gum, disease. These practices are vast, ranging from treating minor forms of the disease, such as gingivitis and its symptoms, to completely restoring one’s smile after tooth loss with restorations like dental implants. Periodontal disease should be treated by a board-certified periodontist with the extensive training and expertise needed to diagnose and treat periodontal disease completely and effectively.
Here are a few of the many periodontics treatments offered by our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Al Manesh, at Texas Dental Center:
Prevention of periodontal disease starts at home with proper oral hygiene and maintenance of one’s teeth. We encourage twice-daily brushing and flossing and avoidance of sugary sweets and tobacco to prevent the onset of gum disease. It is also important to visit us at least twice a year for exams and deep cleanings so we can remove any plaque or tartar that might have built up in hard-to-reach places – even if you do practice proper oral hygiene at home.
Non-surgical treatments for gingivitis and minor forms of gum disease include professional deep dental cleanings, removal of damaged or infected tissue, and scaling and root planing – a process by which the infected surface of a tooth root is cleaned and smoothed out. Often these treatments are sufficient in reversing the progression of gum disease if they are treated early. If gum disease is allowed to progress to more advanced stages, however, more robust surgical procedures may be required.
More extensive or surgical periodontics treatments may be needed to treat advanced stages of gum disease. These treatments may include gum pocket reduction surgery, bone and soft tissue grafting, guided tissue regeneration or bone surgery. These treatments tend to require multiple appointments and at least one surgical procedure.
When periodontal disease reaches its most advanced stages, the gum and bone tissue holding teeth in place weaken and deteriorate, causing teeth to shift, loosen and fall out. In cases where teeth cannot be salvaged, dental implants may be required to replace lost teeth.
All of our periodontics procedures are completed by our expert periodontist Dr. Al Manesh here at Texas Dental Center. To learn more about our periodontal treatments, contact our office today.