A Periodontist is otherwise known as a ‘gum specialist’.
The gums which surround our teeth play an equally important role in the maintenance of optimum oral health.
However, due to many factors like improper maintenance of oral hygiene, certain medical conditions aggravating the effect of plaque on the gum tissues, can lead to the inflammation and subsequent bleeding of the gums. Ifleft untreated, it can result in tooth mobility and eventual tooth loss since the infection from the gums spread to the surrounding bone.
In the initial stages of gum diseases there is hardly any pain, hence the dental appointment is postponed, but more the delay in seeing a periodontist, more are the chances of losing one’s teeth.
A Periodontist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases.
The gums, alveolar bone and periodontal ligament comprises the periodontium which are the supporting structures of the teeth which keep them firm and stable.
Gingivitis is a common form of gum disease causing redness and swelling of your gingiva i.e gums which can make them bleed.
Periodontitis happens when the infection of the gums is not treated and it spreads to the surrounding bone causing bone loss and subsequent tooth mobility and in severe cases tooth loss.
Periomedicine deals with the systemic general health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, pregnancy, certain hormonal disorders which are interrelated with periodontal diseases.
WE AT SHAMS DENTAL USE THE LATEST ADVANCES IN PERIODONTAL SURGERY LIKE LASER , PIEZO, PRF, BONE GRAFTS AND COLLAGEN MEMBRANES TO DELIVER THE BEST PERIODONTAL TREATMENT POSSIBLE.
WHEN TO SEE A GUM SPECIALIST ?
It is time to see a periodontist if you are experiencing any of the below:
PROCEDURES PERIODONTIST CAN PERFORM
In mild cases, when the infection is limited to the gums, a simple scaling i.e cleaning of the gums will resolve the inflammation and the infection. If there is bone loss, then a flap surgery with bone grafting is performed. If the gums are thick and enlarged, laser assisted gingivoplasty can reshape the gums.
If you have any signs and symptoms of gum diseases, there is a need to see the gum specialist because if left untreated the chances of one losing the teeth increases, since the infection spreads from the gums to the bones.
The periodontist uses bone graft to regenerate the lost bone.
Under local anaesthesia, the gums are raised, the infected root surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and the regions which have bone loss become clearly visible and in those areas bone graft is placed.
The surgery performed is conservative in nature. After giving local anaesthesia, the area on which the procedure is to be performed is completely numb. There is mild pain and discomfort after the procedure which is easily controlled by painkillers.
Yes , the gummy smile can be treated. After a thorough case study , in some cases a simple laser assisted gingivectomy can be performed to increase the crown height and decrease the visibility of gums while smiling.
Yes , laser assisted gums depigmentation can be performed under local anaesthesia and it is a very conservative procedure.
Laser assisted surgeries are relatively painless and bloodless, with no sutures required in most of the cases. Post operative healing is faster and better when lasers are used.
Worried about your gums, visit our highly experienced and competent periodontist for an appointment at any of the branch of Shams Dental Clinic.