Periodontics is a branch of oral healthcare focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum disease. The team at Horizon Dental in Miramar, Pembroke Pines, and Sunrise, Florida, features periodontists on staff. If you’re concerned about your risk of gum disease, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.
In most cases, your general dentist can diagnose and treat gum disease. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with periodontitis, or your gum disease is affecting the health of your jawbone, working with a periodontist may be necessary.
Periodontists specialize in the management of complex gum issues including aggressive periodontitis, chronic periodontitis, and necrotizing periodontal disease.
The periodontists at Horizon Dental perform traditional as well as surgical procedures to address gum disease, including:
During scaling and root planing, your Horizon Dental provider administers a local anesthetic and carefully scrapes plaque and tartar away from the surface of your gum line. After removing plaque and bacteria, your gums can reattach to your teeth.
Professional deep cleaning is a preventive measure that involves your provider removing plaque and tartar from your teeth at least twice a year. Regular deep cleanings can significantly reduce your risk of gum recession and decay.
During a pocket reduction surgery, your dentist surgically lifts your gums up, removes tartar, and grafts your gum tissue tightly around your teeth. Reducing the size of your gum pockets significantly lowering your risk of further infection.
Bone grafts are only recommended for patients who have suffered bone loss as a result of gum disease. During a bone graft, your dentist uses a technique called tissue engineering to regrow healthy bone tissue.
Periodontal treatment typically doesn’t require any prior preparation. Your Horizon Dental provider determines what type of treatment you’ll most benefit from following a thorough oral exam, review or your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms.
After your periodontal treatment is complete, follow your provider’s recovery instructions as closely as possible. Doing so will lower your risk of infections or other potential complications.
Scientists link gum disease to heart disease, neurological problems like Alzheimer’s disease, and even diabetes. Taking good care of your gums can significantly lower your risk of other serious health problems.
If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease the periodontists at Horizon Dental can assist. Request your appointment today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.