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Be On the Lookout for These Signs That You Might Have a Gum Infection

If you’re like many people, pain is your benchmark. Only when pain will not subside, or you exceed your pain threshold, will you make an appointment with a doctor or a dentist.

For many maladies, pain is a reliable benchmark—but gum infections are not one of them. While a gum infection may indeed trigger pain or discomfort, there are other signs you should be on the lookout for, too. Gum infections can cause everything from a mild inflammation to advanced gum disease, which is known as periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis afflicts nearly half of all adults in the United States, according to the American Dental Association. It can lead to the loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth and, in the worst cases, tooth loss.

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Track the Varied Symptoms

Aside from pain or discomfort, other physical signs of infection include gums that:

  • Are red or swollen
  • Bleed easily
  • Feel tender to the touch
  • Have pulled away or are breaking away from teeth

Your teeth also may signal that you have a gum infection if they:

  • Become loose or begin to disintegrate
  • Develop new spaces between them
  • Feel differently when you chew or bite food
  • Generate pus
  • Register an extreme reaction to hot or cold temperatures

Still, other symptoms are easy to attribute to another temporary or harmless cause, which is why all symptoms of a gum infection should be viewed collectively:

  • A long-lasting bad taste in the mouth (well beyond the normal time it usually takes for a spicy dinner to leave your palate)
  • Chronically bad breath that isn’t mitigated by gum or breath mints
  • Painful chewing, often experienced in the jaw

Regular Dental Checkups Can Blunt a Painful Diagnosis

While these symptoms are reliable signs of a gum infection, it is possible to have an infection and experience no physical symptoms whatsoever. This is why it’s important to schedule regular checkups with your dentist. He or she will be sure to examine your mouth thoroughly and:

  • Detect any faint traces of inflammation
  • Use a small ruler, called a probe, to check for and measure any pockets. In a healthy mouth, the depth of these pockets usually ranges from 1 to 3 millimeters. In an infected mouth, the pockets are deeper.
  • Inquire about your medical history to identify any risk factors for gum infection and gum disease. You can break down the risk factors for gum infection into two basic categories: those you cannot control and those you can.

Uncontrollable Risk Factors

  • Advancing age
  • Decreased immunity, often caused by disease or a medical treatment (such as chemotherapy)
  • Diabetes, which puts people at risk for developing many types of infections, including gum infections and gum disease
  • Genetics and family history
  • Hormonal changes in women, especially those related to pregnancy and menopause
  • Over-the-counter and prescription medications. Those that cause “dry mouth” or reduce the flow of saliva can make the mouth more vulnerable to infection. And some medications can cause an overgrowth of gum tissue, which becomes problematic if teeth and gums become difficult to clean.

Controllable Risk Factors

  • Bad dietary habits
  • Failure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day
  • Poor-fitting dental restorations
  • Substance abuse
  • Tobacco use, which also can interfere with the treatment of a gum infection

Rest assured that if you do develop a gum infection, Dr. Sevor will answer your questions and help steer you toward better oral health. As the founder of Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology, he became central Florida’s premier dentist because he is his patients’ best health advocate when they need him most—and he can become yours, too.

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What is Gingivitis and How Can You Prevent It?

Gingivitis, often referred to as periodontal disease, is a mild form of gum disease that can cause irritation, redness, and swelling of the gums. These symptoms can range from very mild to somewhat severe. For many people, gingivitis is so mild that they may not even realize they have it until their dentist tells them during a routine checkup.

Gingivitis is not a death sentence for your teeth, however. In fact, in many cases it’s relatively easy to remedy with the right care. Still, prevention is often the best medicine when it comes to this inflammatory disease.

Keep reading to learn more about gingivitis and how you can keep it at bay.

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Common Causes

The most common cause of gingivitis is a lack of basic oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing regularly can help keep plaque from forming around the gum line and on the teeth, preventing the start of gingivitis.

Ideally, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice per day. Using an electric toothbrush can help remove excess plaque on the teeth, and is often recommended by dentists who have patients exhibiting gingivitis symptoms.

In addition to brushing regularly, you should floss every day as well. Dentists often recommend water-based flossing systems along with electric toothbrushes to ensure the proper removal of plaque.

Gingivitis Symptoms

Gingivitis symptoms are often easy to miss. That’s why many people don’t even know they may be suffering from gingivitis until they pay a visit to their dentist.

Among the most common signs of gingivitis you’ll find:

  • Swollen gums.
  • Puffy gums that are soft to the touch. Healthy gums are firm.
  • Receding gums that are pulling away from the area where the gums and teeth meet.
  • Bad breath.
  • Discomfort when brushing, flossing or eating.
  • Tender gums. Tender gums sometimes bleed when eating, brushing or flossing. Bleeding often indicates a more serious gingivitis issue.

Gingivitis symptoms are not the same for every person, so what you experience may be different from another person with gingivitis. Gingivitis symptoms are often so mild that people don’t notice them for months before seeing their dentist.

Treating Gingivitis

If your dentist finds that you show symptoms of gingivitis, the first thing he or she will want to do is a thorough cleaning to remove all plaque from the surface of the teeth. Scaling and root planing, a special cleaning procedure, may be recommended to remove plaque from below the surface of the gum line.

Your dentist will likely also evaluate crowns, bridges and any other restorative work you’ve had done to ensure they are not damaged. In some cases, improperly fitting crowns or damaged restoration work can allow gingivitis to take root in an otherwise healthy mouth.

Prevention

If you’ve suffered from gingivitis in the past and have eliminated your gingivitis symptoms, the best thing you can do is to maintain a strict brushing and flossing schedule. Using quality implements like an electric toothbrush and water-based flossing system can help with prevention as well.

In addition to proper at-home dental care, you should be visiting your dentist for regular checkups. He or she will help you find any new issues and keep gingivitis symptoms from coming back.

Contact Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology to learn more about gingivitis and how you can prevent it. We can also help with a wide variety of issues and treatments, from dental implants and bone grafts, to scaling and root planning, and more.

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New Advanced Technology That Leaves Competitors in the Dust!

When it comes to caring for your dental implants or periodontal disease, technology can make a huge difference in your comfort and the effectiveness of your treatment. That’s why at Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology, we use new advanced technology to help you experience a streamlined treatment process that will leave you with a healthy smile.

Dr. Jeffrey J. Sevor, the board-certified periodontist who practices at our office, knows how important it is to have the right technology. Whether you’re getting a new dental implant or a root planing treatment, you can be sure that our doctors and caring staff are using the latest equipment and techniques to complete your treatment correctly the first time.

High-Tech Periodontal Services

One of the technologies we’re most proud of at Central Florida Periodontics is our Laser Periodontal Therapy. This treatment uses state-of-the-art laser technology to treat all stages of gum disease and is a viable option for many of the patients who visit our office. While traditional treatments require cutting the gums and then stitching them, laser therapy is less painful and doesn’t cause bleeding.

Our laser procedures utilize a specially designed protocol known as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. In this procedure, Dr. Sevor uses a special laser to remove diseased gum tissue and bacteria, clean the gum pocket, and then close the pocket to prevent new germs from causing an infection. This technology allows for faster healing times, less swelling, and less tissue removal.

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Technology for Dental Implants

In some cases, patients come to us looking for dental implants, but they don’t have the jawbone structure needed for the procedure. Fortunately, we’ve got the technology at our office to help with this problem. We can graft bone from other parts of the body, such as the hip, and place it in the jaw to create the foundation needed for an implant.

We use advanced technology to protect the bone graft and promote bone regeneration. To do this, we utilize special bio-absorbable membranes that can be left alone because they don’t require removal by the doctor. Other bone-regeneration techniques may involve using bioactive gels.

Comfort and Safety

We understand that many patients feel nervous about undergoing periodontal services, so it’s our mission to help you feel comfortable and relaxed, using modern advances in periodontal and medical technology. If you wish, we can sedate you using IV medication or nitrous oxide before your treatment. All anesthesia procedures at our office are delivered by a licensed anesthesiologist who uses state-of-the-art safety and monitoring equipment.

Our office’s advanced technology is designed to make all our periodontal services as pleasant as possible. We make sure to keep up with the latest advances in tools, materials, and techniques so that our patients can get the best experience possible. Contact Central Florida Periodontics to learn more about the latest technologies used at our office.

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Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery: Even the Smallest Bit Counts!

Sure, teeth may get all the fanfare when it comes to defining a ‘winning smile.’ However, the gums and other supporting structures also play a significant part in defining how good someone’s smile looks.

Healthy gums that are appropriately sized for a person’s mouth help frame the teeth. But if those gums recede or drape over the teeth incorrectly, it can give a person an overtly toothy look or gummy smile. Cosmetic periodontal surgery is all about making the small corrections to a person’s gums necessary to give them an even, well-framed smile.

Gum Recession and Other Reasons for Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

Periodontal (gum) disease is the primary cause of adult gum recession. This generally occurs when bacterial plaque is not completely removed from tooth and mouth surfaces, and is instead allowed to fester. This bacteria triggers gum disease, which causes inflammation and tissue damage that may lead to gum recession.

Alternatively, brushing too much or too hard has its own set of problems. Such over-exuberant oral hygiene is abrasive to sensitive gum tissue and may lead to gum recession over time. Some people may also simply have a hereditary disposition towards thin, fragile, or otherwise insufficient gum tissues.

No matter what has caused gum recession, it is important to take steps to stop it from worsening for both cosmetic and medical reasons. Unchecked gum recession eventually exposes the tooth’s sensitive dentin layer. This part of the tooth is highly susceptible to infection and decay, which may result in tooth loss.

Some patients seek cosmetic periodontal surgery due to the fact that instead of having too little gum tissue, they have too much. An overgrowth of gum tissue can be caused by a variety of conditions, both genetic and developmental. In either case, the result is a ‘gummy smile’ that causes teeth to appear small.

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Types of Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

  • Crown Lengthening. Cosmetic crown lengthening is a procedure designed to change a gummy smile into an even one. With this technique, the outline of the gum tissue is altered — often pulled back, repositioned, or cut away to expose more of the tooth structure. This improves the appearance of a person’s smile and reduces their chances of periodontal disease.
  • Ridge Augmentation. This procedure is the opposite of crown lengthening, as it works to increase the amount of gum tissue for a more natural-looking, even smile. This procedure is most often used to correct gum unevenness following a tooth loss or replacement.
  • Soft Tissue Grafting. Also known as gum reconstruction, this procedure removes a layer of healthy tissue from one area of the patient’s mouth and places it in areas negatively impacted by gum recession.

Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery for a Healthier, More Attractive Smile

In addition to creating a more even and striking smile, cosmetic periodontal surgery provides the following key health benefits:

  1. Deep Cleaning. These procedures include an intensive deep cleaning that breaks down any existing pockets of bacteria, preventing any further damage from occurring and restoring good health to the mouth and gums.
  2. Disease Prevention. Once the deep cleaning has been undertaken and any bacterial infection has been abated, a new chapter in personal oral health can begin. This allows for better oral hygiene routines to be initiated to prevent against future disease. Think of it as akin to a hard reset.
  3. Restoration of Function. Both gum recession and excessive gum growth can impair normal eating and drinking functions as teeth become more sensitive (due to exposure of dentin) and create conditions ripe for bacteria that can cause inflammation and pain. Periodontal surgery helps rid those underlying causes and strengthen the teeth and gums for improved functionality.

For more information, contact us today!

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What to Expect during Your First Periodontal Visit

Like many Americans, you have probably been seeing a general dentist since you were young. General dentists assist with dental recommendations, ensuring that your teeth and gums are healthy through routine cleanings. However, when you lose a tooth in an accident or you suffer from a gum condition, then your general dentist will likely refer you to a periodontics and implantology specialist like Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology.

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The Specialty of Periodontics

Periodontists begin their career with all the training and experience of a general dentist. However, they take their learning a step further by undergoing an additional three years of specialized training focusing on gum and bone health, the parts of the body that support teeth. This experience gives them the ability to treat a variety of dental and gum conditions including gum disease, connective tissue grafting, and the placement of dental implants to replace lost teeth.

During your first visit to a periodontics and implantology office, here’s what you can expect:

Expectations for a Positive First Periodontal Visit

For the best first experience, it’s advisable to arrive 15 minutes earlier than your appointment. A team of friendly, knowledgeable staff members will greet you and give you all the appropriate first-time periodontics and implantology forms to fill out.

Once you’ve completed the forms, you’ll be escorted to one of the specialists’ comfortable and relaxing rooms where you will meet a board certified periodontist. That periodontist will use the forms you filled out and a brief interview with you to understand the reason for your visit and what you need to move forward.

During this consultation, your periodontist will inquire about:

  • Any preexisting health concerns
  • Your medical history, including any medications you are currently taking
  • Daily lifestyle, including diet
  • Any dental concerns related and unrelated to the reason for your visit
  • Any concerns about various treatment options

First Visit Examination and Treatment Diagnosis

You can also expect the periodontist to perform a brief dental examination to add his or her notes to your medical file. This examination generally begins with a look at your head, neck, and jaw for any signs of temporomandibular joint disorder. He or she will then examine your mouth, teeth, throat, and gums. Depending upon your condition, you may also have X-rays taken to determine issues related to underlying bone loss.

The periodontist will use this information to establish a baseline and create a customized, detailed treatment plan that’s specific to you and your needs. Possible treatment recommendations include:

  • Advanced periodontal treatment
  • Bone grafting
  • Crown lengthening
  • Dental implanting
  • Extractions
  • Gingival recontouring
  • Gum grafting or repositioning

Once you and your periodontist have agreed on the best course of action for your treatment, you’ll be re-escorted to the front office. There, staff members will consult with you on scheduling the appointment for the procedure.

Scheduling Your Treatment Visit(s)

Most treatment plans can be done at the periodontics and implantology office during a convenient one- or two-hour session. Some more advanced cases might require surgical treatment in which you may have to refrain from strenuous activities for a couple days following the treatment. But many periodontal diseases can be efficiently treated with the latest laser technology that is painless and requires minimal post-treatment downtime.

Contact Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology

For more information on periodontics and implantology, or to schedule an appointment to speak with your local Orlando specialists, contact us today at Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology. Both our Winter Park offices are staffed by an experienced and caring team of dedicated professionals that ensure all of our patients have their surgical and administrative needs met as effectively and efficiently as possible.

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Receive the Best Periodontal Treatment from One Incredible Team

When you need comprehensive treatment for periodontal disease or missing teeth, you can get the quality care you deserve by visiting Dr. Jeffrey J. Sevor and his team at Central Florida Periodontics. Whether you’re a new or returning patient to our practice, your comfort and health will be our top priorities. We’re committed to making your experience as pleasant as possible from the moment you schedule an appointment to when you walk out the door with healthier teeth and gums. Your complete satisfaction is very important to us.

About Our Periodontal Practice

Our practice is proudly operated by Dr. Jeffrey J. Sevor and a team of professionals who love working with patients. Dr. Sevor earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Alabama, and he completed his specialty training in periodontics at Louisiana State University. He is also board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Since starting his practice in Central Florida, Dr. Sevor has earned national and worldwide recognition for his work in periodontics. He has lectured around the world and written numerous peer reviewed journal articles on periodontal treatment and implants.

Dr. Sevor works with a highly trained team of care coordinators, dental hygienists, assistants, and other staff members who are committed to creating a great patient experience. Our staff gives Dr. Sevor the support required to meet patients’ needs every day, even when we’re busy or dealing with difficult cases. Whenever you have a question or concern about a periodontal treatment or issue, we’ll give you a detailed answer that will satisfy your curiosity. Every professional on our staff is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that our patients get the best possible care when visiting our office.

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The Quality Care We Offer

At Central Florida Periodontics, we know how important it is to create a positive experience for our patients. We want you to walk into our office knowing that your issue will treated with your comfort in mind. On your first or only visit, we’ll sit down with you and go over your dental history and medical history to find out the best way to treat you. We’re always striving to improve the treatments we provide—through increased knowledge, additional training, and new technology.

If your regular dentist has referred you to us because of a specific issue, we’ll welcome you to our office as if you were a regular. Our coordinators will help Dr. Sevor develop a treatment plan that’s delivered with quality and comfort in mind. Patients are referred to our office for:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Bite adjustment
  • Bone grafting
  • Laser periodontal therapy
  • Cosmetic periodontal procedures
  • Repair, placement, and maintenance of dental implants

Once your periodontal treatment is completed, our friendly staff will give you any information or products you need to maintain healthy teeth and gums. We care about both your short-term and long-term oral health. Dr. Sevor and the rest of our team members are always striving to give patients the high standard of care they deserve. Learn more about the quality care our incredible team provides for patients throughout Central Florida by giving our office a call.

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Periodontal Surgery Can Be a Lot Less Costly Than You Think

Periodontal disease can have a significant impact on your appearance, your self-confidence, and the structural integrity of your teeth. While practicing good oral hygiene can help prevent the disease or slow its progression, certain medications and behaviors can cause it to worsen. Various types of periodontal surgery can remedy the complications associated with the progression of periodontal disease.

Unfortunately, many people delay having periodontal surgery completed or avoid it altogether because they fear that the cost for such a procedure will be too high. In many cases, however, treating periodontal disease is less costly than one might think.

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Determining the Cost of Periodontal Surgery

A variety of factors will affect the out-of-pocket cost for surgery. To determine whether you will be able to afford to have your procedure completed right away, it is important to evaluate the following.

  • The Type of Procedure Needed: There are numerous types of surgery available to remedy a variety of conditions associated with periodontal disease. The progression of your disease and the conditions that are affecting you will play a large part in determining the type of procedure you will need, and therefore the cost involved.

In some cases, patients may discover that they need more than one type of surgery, or that a variety of treatment options are available. Our office will discuss your individual treatment options and the cost associated with each to better prepare you financially.

  • The Number of Visits Required: Some types of periodontal surgery can be completed in a single visit, but more in-depth care may take multiple visits to complete. If your procedure only requires one visit, we ask for payment in full at the time of the service. If more than one visit is required, we offer payment options, including an extended payment plan through Care Credit.

Financing your surgery through Care Credit, a small loan, or a credit card could make your treatment more affordable for you.

  • Insurance Coverage: Many insurance companies offer coverage that will help pay for your periodontal surgery. Since coverage can vary significantly among insurance companies, the type of dental insurance you have will play a large part in the out-of-pocket cost for your procedure. We ask that you provide us with up-to-date information about your insurance plan so we can provide you as accurate an estimate for your expected co-payment as possible.

Our insurance coordinators work with a variety of insurance companies, but we do not accept HMO or DMO insurance plans. We do accept most PPO insurance plans.

Contact a Specialist

It is important to remember that the longer you delay treatment for periodontal disease, the more in-depth and expensive your necessary procedures may become. To find out more about your periodontal treatment options and the possible costs associated with having periodontal surgery, contact us at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology today.

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Looking for Your Best Smile? Look No Further with Central Florida Periodontics!

Taking the first step to improve your smile can transform your life. By taking tangible steps to improve your appearance, you’re giving yourself the tools to be more confident in social situations and getting straight, functional teeth to repair or augment a smile that may have been holding you back in the past.

That’s where periodontics comes into play. A periodontist will work with you to find the optimal treatment and give you the smile that you’re looking for. You might be surprised at the number of options a periodontist presents to you. Above all, a periodontist realizes that there isn’t one solution that fits everyone and considers your individual needs and desires.

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Periodontists Work with You to Improve Your Smile

For example, some patients might feel like their gums are holding them back from having a dazzling smile, while others might worry about the crookedness of their teeth. Solutions to these issues are gum reshaping and crown lengthening, respectively.

Treatments Customized for Your Needs

Cosmetic periodontal procedures might be able to help more than you imagine since they can correct gum issues, touch up teeth that feel too short (through crown lengthening procedures), and even use bone grafting and ridge preservation procedures aimed at maintaining a great smile after something like a tooth extraction.

Getting at the “Root” of the Issue

Periodontal specialists go deeply into the source of the problem. The word periodontology comes from the Greek words meaning “around” and “tooth.”

Indeed, periodontists work to ensure that your teeth and the surrounding bone are structurally sound and can potentially support smile-improving treatments like dental implants.

Think of periodontics as the foundation that supports a great smile in the same way a building’s foundation supports all of the floors and activities going on above. Structurally sound teeth and a beautiful smile depend on hardy gums and strong bone to support your natural teeth or dental implants, if you choose this option.

Dental Implants Could Markedly Improve Your Smile!

Speaking of dental implants, these work by safely fitting extremely sturdy titanium posts into your jawbone so that you can replace the embarrassment and hassle of missing or decayed teeth with a vibrant smile that’s all your own.

For millions of patients, dental implants are worth considering seriously because they can form the foundation of a number of dental prosthetic procedures, including dentures, crowns, and bridges.

Better Dental Technology for Your Comfort

A lot of people struggling with their smiles and their oral health look at periodontal disease (or its early manifestations) with apprehension.

Why? Because they automatically associate the treatment of periodontal disease with traditional gum surgery—possibly involving cutting and stitching and perhaps months of recovery time.

With laser gum surgery, though, you can expect much less recovery time, pain, swelling, and tissue removal thanks to vast improvements in dental technology over the last generation.

The newly developed LANAP protocol—short for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure—involves the periodontist gently removing any diseased gum tissue and associated bacteria festering around the affected area.

Then, the periodontist uses a laser to further clean the gum pocket and give you your smile back!

Consult with a Periodontist to Discuss Options

A periodontist at Central Florida Periodontics can offer you the cosmetic periodontal procedure that’s right for you and your needs. The end goal is correcting the gum issues, teeth, and bites for real results.

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6 Procedures You Can Expect to Find at a Professional Periodontics Practice

Periodontics is a type of dentistry that focuses on the area that surrounds and supports your teeth. This area includes the cementum that covers the roots, the alveolar bone, the periodontal ligament and, of course, the gums. A professional periodontist will help you prevent and diagnose periodontal diseases and will provide periodontal disease treatment. The following are six of the periodontal disease treatments and procedures that a professional periodontist offers:

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1. Laser Periodontal Therapy

Patients suffering from gum disease may choose to undergo laser periodontal therapy. Laser periodontal therapy is a form of surgery that involves cutting the gums and stitching them following the surgery. Laser periodontal surgery provides a number of benefits over traditional gum surgery, including less swelling, less bleeding, less tissue removal, quicker healing, and less pain.

A periodontist will use a special probe to identify any pockets that have formed between the patient’s gums and teeth as a result of gum disease. The diseased gum tissue will then be removed using a laser light. A laser is then used to close the pocket to prevent bacteria from infecting the area.

2. Dental Implants

Dental implants are small posts made of titanium or a similar material that are placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. There, they undergo osseointegration, in which the titanium bonds with the jawbone. Once the dental implants have bonded, they provide a foundation for a dental prosthesis, such as a denture, bridge, or crown.

3. Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling is one of the simple periodontal disease treatments in which plaque and tartar is removed from the surface of the patient’s teeth, which can extend underneath the gum line. Root planing is a process in which the surface of the roots of the teeth are smoothed to help prevent the growth of plaque and tartar.

4. Bite Adjustment

An abnormal bite can result in premature wearing of teeth, loosening of teeth, and temporomandibular joint disorders. Bite adjustment procedures help prevent these issues by reshaping the teeth so that bite pressure is distributed evenly across all of the patient’s teeth. Braces and bite splints may be used as well.

5. Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is another of the periodontal disease treatments that is performed on patients who have experienced jawbone atrophy. Bone grafting is often performed prior to dental implant procedures to restore the jawbone’s functionality and appearance.

6. Cosmetic Periodontal Procedures

For patients who want to improve their smile, there are a number of cosmetic periodontal procedures from which to choose, including:

  • Gum grafting: A gum grafting procedure uses donor gum tissue to reduce the recession of the gums, to cover undesirable tooth roots, and to protect tooth roots from potential tooth decay or loss.
  • Gum reshaping: Gums that have developed abnormally may contribute to a more juvenile appearance. Gum reshaping can help reduce gum overgrowth and create a more visually pleasing smile.
  • Crown lengthening: If patients feel their teeth look too short, it’s usually because they have high gum lines. Crown lengthening involves reshaping excess bone and gum tissue to expose more natural tooth.
  • Ridge preservation: Once a tooth is removed, the jawbone associated with that tooth will begin to deteriorate due to a lack of use. Ridge preservation is a procedure that uses bone grafting to support a newly empty socket so that the jawbone does not atrophy.

These are six of the periodontal disease treatments that a periodontist typically will offer. For information about any of these procedures or about periodontal disease treatments in general, contact Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology today.

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What Periodontal Disease Is and How to Treat It

Periodontal disease is a progressive gum disease that evolves over time. Unlike some other diseases, anyone can get periodontal disease. The conditions under which periodontal disease develops are controllable, but millions of people still succumb to this disease, either through lack of education or effort. It will do everyone good to recognize gum disease risks.

How Does Periodontal Disease Start?

Periodontal disease and general gum disease risks begin with poor oral hygiene habits. Those who fail to brush and floss after each meal are more likely to develop periodontal disease over time. Brushing and flossing is the number one way to prevent periodontal disease.

The mouth is full of bacteria, and this bacteria feeds on some of the food that we eat. Bacteria growth and buildup leads to plaque, which is the sticky substance on your teeth that you find when you awaken in the morning. If you don’t remove the plaque with brushing and flossing, it can harden and become like cement on your teeth.

Plaque is another one of the gum disease risks that bacteria thrive on, so when the plaque hardens, it becomes impossible for you to just brush away. Periodontal disease then starts to take hold, at which point professional help is required to get rid of it.

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What Are Gum Disease Risks of Periodontal Disease?

The signs of periodontal disease include the gums pulling away from the tooth, bone loss, shifting of teeth and denigration of the oral tissue surrounding the teeth.

A periodontist has several methods available to combat periodontal disease, including scaling and root planing and prescriptive antibiotics.

What is Scaling & Root Planing?

Scaling is a method that dentists use to remove the plaque and calculus below the gum line. The specialized tools that dentists and hygienists use are designed to remove calcified deposits on the teeth that can sabotage the health of the teeth and gums. The dentist may use a metal instrument or an ultrasonic scaler.

Scaling is usually followed up by a process called root planing, a procedure where the dentist smooths the surface of the root. The purpose of root planing is to make it more difficult for bacteria to grow on the roots of the tooth in the future. Root planing also helps gums heal and reattach to teeth, shrinking pockets and reducing future infection.

Periodontists recommend scaling and root planing when patients exhibit certain symptoms and conditions during the course of a dental visit. One thing that dentists check for is the size of pockets surrounding the teeth. Using a tool, the dentist measures each tooth pocket, or loose area around the tooth, and below the gum line.

Other gum disease risks and signs that scaling and root planing may be needed include receding gums, chronic halitosis, and inflamed or bleeding gums.

How are Oral Antibiotics Used to Treat Periodontal Disease?

Antibiotics kill the bacteria that contribute to periodontal disease. One common antibiotic that periodontists rely on is injected directly into the oral cavity, right at the site of the bacterial infestation. Most patients respond very favorably to oral antibiotic treatment, and the process of healing from periodontal disease begins immediately.

Once you have been diagnosed and treated for periodontal disease, it’s imperative that you continue to have regular checkups with your periodontist. In this way, periodontal disease can be kept in check so that you never have to worry about it again.

Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can, in worst case scenarios, lead to other health conditions including nutrition problems, heart disease and stroke. Call or email today to learn more about periodontal disease, gum disease risks and the treatments available at Central Florida Periodontics.