Why Does Someone Go to A Periodontist? Part Two

This is part two of our series explaining what a periodontist can do, and why you may need to see one. Last time, we explained that a periodontist like Dr. Hodges or Dr. Sheppard can treat gum disease through non-surgical techniques. In more severe cases, however, gum surgery may be required.

Surgical Treatments

Periodontitis, if left untreated for too long, can lead to the loss of bone and connective tissue. This kind of bone loss can also happen due to missing teeth. Dr. Hodges can use minimally-invasive surgical techniques (such as using an ultrasonic Piezoelectric surgical device) to regenerate this missing tissue. Bone regeneration can be done through the use of bone grafts, dissolvable membranes and growth proteins which spear up the healing process.

Cosmetic Surgery

Periodontists can improve the esthetics of your smile in a number of ways. This can include ridge preservation and augmentation. When a tooth has been extracted, the ridge of bone that previously supported it may begin to sink, making it look strange under a dental bridge. A periodontist like Dr. Hodges or Dr. Sheppard can use a bone graft to restore this to its proper shape, and even help prepare it for a dental implant.

Crown lengthening and gum recontouring are additional cosmetic procedures a periodontist can provide. The appearance of the gumline can be improved by exposing more of the crown of the tooth (making the tooth look longer and eliminating “gummy” smiles) or addressing an uneven gumline.

Placement and Restoration of Dental Implants

For those who have lost one or more tooth from tooth decay, a fracture or gum disease, a periodontist can place a dental implant. Since the material in the dental implants can bond with the bone in your mouth, they make for excellent foundations for a permanent or removable replacement for your original teeth, whether it be a single implant with a crown, to support a bridge or for implant-retained dentures.

These are just a few of the things a periodontist can do for you. Be sure to check out our services page to read more about how Dr. Hodges and Dr. Sheppard can help you.

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