Periodontics is dentistry specializing in the gums, tissues, and structures that support the teeth. At Lee Dental Centers, our highly trained and experienced periodontal specialist performs various procedures, including gum grafting, bone grafting, ridge preservation, treatment of periodontal disease with flap and osseous surgery, guided bone and tissue regeneration, crown lengthening, esthetic crown lengthening, dental implants, and computer-generated surgical guided implant surgery.
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What is Periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a chronic inflammatory disease that targets the gums and bone around the teeth. It is caused by plaque that accumulates on the surface of the teeth due to decreased oral hygiene practices, among other risk factors that include smoking, age, genetics, stress, and some systemic diseases and medications.
How do I know if I have periodontal disease?
Some signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include bad breath, bleeding gums, red or swollen gums, receding gums, heavy tartar build-up on or around your teeth, increases in spacing between teeth, and possibly teeth that are loose. Periodontal disease can be diagnosed by taking measurements of the gums and the bone levels surrounding the teeth and assessing the health of the bone and gum tissues through clinical and radiographic examination.
How do you treat periodontal disease?
Treatment depends on the severity of the disease. The first line of treatment is deep cleaning of the gums to remove tartar and to smooth the roots of the teeth. After cleaning, many patients will not require any further treatment, but most will require maintenance therapy to maintain gingival health or further active therapy that might include surgical therapy.
What is esthetic crown lengthening?
If you’ve ever thought you have a “gummy smile” or that your teeth look too short, you should be evaluated for possible esthetic crown lengthening. With this procedure, the periodontist enhances your natural smile by exposing more of your own tooth that could be “hidden” under the gums. Think of it as a gum lift that highlights what’s already there. It can be great for an entire smile or to help balance out a couple of teeth where the gums are uneven. Your dentist might discuss this procedure if it could help you achieve a more optimal cosmetic result for your smile.