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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, almost half of Americans who are at least 30 years old are affected by chronic gum disease and it’s adversely impacting their overall health.
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, usually starts as gingivitis and occurs due to a failure to properly brush or floss after meals. When this happens, food particles become lodged between the teeth, and the gums become inflamed and may bleed when you brush. Left untreated, gingivitis will worsen and may cause the gums to recede, the teeth to loosen, and then the teeth will fall out. The bones and ligaments in your jaw will deteriorate, and your face will become distorted. Unfortunately, the major cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease.
A periodontist is a gum disease expert. In addition to completing dental training, a periodontist has completed a minimum of two to three years of additional training in the specialty field of dental implants, cosmetic dental procedures, and gum disease management. If you need periodontic work, call our office today to schedule an appointment with a periodontist in Union. We can also provide you with cosmetic dental procedures such as lip repositioning and gum contouring, which may make you happier with your smile. Call our office for more information on these services.
What Does a Periodontic Specialist Do?
Periodontists are experts at treating issues involving the gums. The word periodontic originated with the Greeks. “Perio” means around, and “dontic” means tooth, so periodontics is literally “around the tooth” and that means the soft gum tissue.
What Treatments Are Provided by Periodontists?
When you come to our office for treatment, whether it’s for cosmetic issues or corrective issues, a gum disease expert in our office may provide you with one or more of the following periodontal services:
Periodontal disease treatment: Plaque is a sticky substance that adheres to the teeth after you eat or drink. When it’s not removed through brushing, it begins to attack your tooth enamel and cavities begin to form. Plaque can also attack your soft gum tissues and gingivitis can result, which means that you could begin to lose structural stability in your jawbone and ligaments.
Dental implant placement: If you’ve lost one or more teeth due to injury, disease, decay or whatever other reason, then dental implants can help replace your lost teeth and restore both the function and the aesthetics of your teeth and jaw.
Crown lengthening: The part of your tooth that’s above your gums is called the crown. Sometimes, the crown will need to be lengthened and that’s a commonly performed procedure. Whether you need a longer crown for purposes of attaching braces or a denture or for aesthetics, we can provide you with a more even gum line and eliminate excess gum tissue.
Gummy smile surgery: Smiles are unique. Some people have a toothy smile naturally and some people have a gummier smile. If you’re unhappy with your smile because of excess gum tissue, then we can help you. Your periodontist can trim and shape your gum line so that you’re happy with your smile.
Soft tissue graft: If your gums have receded and the roots are becoming exposed, our periodontic specialist can perform a gum graft to replace the missing gum tissue and protect your teeth from decay or loss.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis: With the increase in the incidence of oral cancer due to HPV infection, we recommend that all our patients have an oral cancer screening. We’ll take samples and send them to our lab to perform diagnostic procedures so that you’ll know your risk factor. We’ll let you know when we receive the results and schedule a consultation with you if necessary. A cancer diagnosis is very scary, so if you are positive for the disease, we’ll be there for you.
Don’t procrastinate; these problems only get worse if you ignore them, so call our Union office today to schedule an appointment with a gum disease specialist.
Call American Dental Center Today to Schedule a Consultation With Our Periodontist in Union
Your gums are an integral part of your mouth and jaw. They’re part of the frame for your beautiful smile, so take good care of them so that you maintain your beautiful smile. If you’re having any problems with your gums, be sure to call our Union periodontics office today at (908) 279-0623 and schedule an appointment with a gum disease specialist. We have an excellent reputation in the community and strive to maintain our very high standards. Call American Dental Center today if you need periodontics in Union. We’ll answer all of your questions and work with you to create a great treatment plan for your gums. We look forward to speaking with you.