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Gum disease is often the last thing that people think about when they are brushing their teeth. Yet, the Centers for Disease Control states that it is so common among older adults that half of Americans who are over the age of 30 have some form of chronic gum disease. When periodontal disease is in its earliest stage, it is diagnosed as gingivitis. If this is a problem for you, then you may notice blood on your toothbrush or redness on your gums. Ideally, gum disease is caught at this stage when it is reversible. Leaving gingivitis untreated allows it to progress to more serious stages, and the final stage involves destruction of the bone structure of your jawline and the ligaments that hold your teeth in place.
Although cavity prevention is important, it is actually gum disease that is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults. This is why visiting a gum disease expert, or periodontist, is important for preserving your oral health. To prevent tooth loss, it is important to call for a visit to our G&G Dental Associates location where you can consult with our periodontist in Tamarac at the first sign that you are developing a problem with your gums.
What Exactly Is a Periodontist?
After dental school, periodontists go on to spend another two to three years studying techniques that they use when performing periodontal services. For instance, your periodontist may help you contour your gums to create a more beautiful smile. In addition to providing cosmetic services, they treat gum disease and other oral health issues. Erad below for more information about the services they provide.
The primary reason why most people visit our gum disease specialist is to treat periodontitis during its various stages. Brushing and flossing by themselves do not reach the gum line, which is where the bacteria that causes gum disease accumulates. For this type of service, you may be recommended to have treatments done such as special types of cleanings that go beyond what your normal dentist provides.
Dental Implant Restorations
New technology has led to advances, such as dental implants, that function more like natural teeth. When you need periodontics in Tamarac, your treatment may involve replacing missing teeth with dental implants that are better for preserving the bones that make up your jaw.
Reduce Gums for Further Treatment
Crown lengthening is another important procedure that helps to reveal more of the visible part of your tooth by reducing the gum line. You might need this done at our periodontics office to prepare a tooth for a dental crown or to increase the aesthetics of your smile.
Surgery for Gummy Smiles
Having extra gum tissue around your teeth can make them appear smaller. Fortunately, our gum disease specialist can correct your gummy smile by using a special method to even out your gum line.
Graft Soft Tissue to Your Gum Line
Correcting gum recession that exposes your tooth roots is done through a surgical technique that grafts tissue to your gums. Gum grafting covers the area so that you are less likely to experience worse gum recession, and it can prevent decay of your tooth root.
Checks for Cancer
Oral cancer typically develops slowly, and this means that our periodontist in Tamarac can help you find out if a lesion is cancerous by sending tissue samples to a lab. If it does come back as cancer, they will help you explore potential treatment options.
We know that people are often anxious about gum disease treatments, but there is no need to worry. Our gum disease expert will ensure your comfort throughout each procedure using methods such as administering laughing gas or other types of sedation.
Schedule Your Appointment for a Consultation with Our Gum Specialist
Your gums are too important to your smile to leave vulnerable to the destructive nature of gum disease. Our periodontist at G&G Dental Associates is here to answer your questions so that you can stop stressing over your oral health. Contact us at (954) 246-4835 today and get ready to start smiling with confidence again.