What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is a specialized form of dentistry carried out by a periodontist. It concentrates on diagnosis and prevention of diseases that can affect the surrounding structures of the teeth — including the gums and bone — and treatment of gum disease.
Signs & Symptoms That You Need to See a Periodontist
Here are some reasons you may need to visit a periodontist:
If your gums are bleeding, this is a sign that bacteria caused by plaque build-up is irritating them.
Loose teeth can indicate advanced periodontal disease. Gum disease can cause the bone and supporting structures to be lost around the teeth causing them to become loose.
New Spacing Between Teeth
Receding gums and new spacing can be caused by bone loss attributed to periodontal disease.
Red or Puffy Gums
As with bleeding gums, this is an indication that plaque and bacteria are irritating the gums and needs removing.
Tenderness or Discomfort
Gum disease can cause recession of the gums which can expose the root of the tooth. This can cause discomfort and pain and lead to infection. However, it is treatable.
Post-Treatment: What to Do After a Gum Treatment
After gum treatment, you should prepare to have regular check-ups and carry out an effective oral hygiene routine at home. If you haven’t already, you should also consider giving up smoking.
Getting Your Gum Treatment With Periodontists at West Coast Dental
Here’s why you should get your periodontal treatment at West Coast Dental:
Team of Board-Certified Periodontists
We have highly qualified, expert periodontists certified by The American Board of Periodontology.
Same-Day Appointments Available
Contact us to book a same-day appointment that meets your specific needs.
Accepts Most Insurances
We accept most insurances, and payment options are also available for those without insurance.
We offer a variety of payment options to make your crown affordable. We also accept most dental insurance plans and have a dental discount program for patients without insurance. Call us at our toll-free number 888-329-8111 or make an appointment online here.
Comprehensive Periodontal Services
Here’s a list of periodontal services available at West Coast Dental:
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling is used to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from around and below the gumline. Your periodontist will then smooth out the root of your tooth so the gum can reattach. This is called root planing.
Dental Crown Lengthening
This is carried out when there is a need for more tooth to be exposed by removing part of the gum. It can happen if a tooth has broken and more length is needed for a crown or filling.
Periodontists are experienced in placing dental implants because they are experts in treating gums and bone. Implants can be used to permanently replace missing teeth, and the titanium posts are placed directly into the bone.
Pocket reduction is used when the periodontists needs to remove tartar from a deep pocket that they are unable to reach. Flap surgery is needed for this to occur.
Pocket Reduction Surgery/Flap Surgery
Pocket reduction surgery or flap surgery is also known as a gingivectomy. The gum is cut and lifted back. The debris is then cleaned out, and the gum is sutured back so it fits around the tooth perfectly.