At least 50% of the adult population over age 40 in the United States has some degree of gum disease. That number increases to 80% of all adults.
Most people are unaware they have the condition, which can lead to more serious health problem including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, pregnancy complications, pneumonia, Alzheimer’s disease, wrinkled skin and erectile dysfunction.
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.
Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.
Retain Your Smile
The good news is that while not curable, gum disease is treatable. The sooner it is discovered, the sooner it can be contained.
Missing teeth are not only an appearance issue. When teeth are missing, patients don’t chew sufficiently and that can result in digestive problems.
Dental implants are far more than just cosmetic; they help support the shape and structure of your mouth and face. Studies have shown that regular flossing and dental deep cleanings can add up to six-and-a-half years to your life.
A proper deep cleaning and gum disease treatment must be done by a specialized Periodontist.
Specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, we are nationally recognized experts in periodontology.
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