Periodontics and Your Denver Periodontist
Today, there is greater public awareness about periodontal diseases and more treatment options for patients than ever before. However, as advancements in periodontal therapy continue to develop, periodontal diseases remain the most common cause of adult tooth loss. In addition, accumulating research is further defining the links between periodontal diseases and other systemic conditions such as diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and cardiovascular diseases. Patients are beginning to understand that good periodontal health is more important than ever before.
Why choose Periodontics at Cody Dental Group for my periodontal and implant therapy?
The integration of a superb team – Your dentist and Periodontist will work together to give you outstanding treatment. All under one-roof restorative and specialty practice. Cody is home to some of the most learned and talented restorative doctors in practice today. Your Cody periodontist has the special knowledge, training and facilities to provide you with quality and comfortable care.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and/or bone that surrounds the tooth. It accounts for more tooth loss than any other type of dental disease. The chronic nature of inflammatory periodontal diseases requires that the clinician regularly reassess patients for appropriate lifelong disease management.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Generally the disease is painless and most patients are not aware they have a problem until examined by a dentist, but signs of the disease include:
• Bad breath that won’t go away
• Red or swollen gums
• Tender or bleeding gums while brushing
• Painful chewing
• Loose teeth or sensitive teeth
• Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
There are many patient-specific variables involved with treating periodontal disease that are non-surgical and surgical. Much depends upon the stage of the infection and the amount of deterioration involving your gums, teeth and surrounding bone.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure for removing plaque and dental calculus from the mouth. These substances adhere to the teeth as sticky or hardened residues and result in the formation of bacteria below the gum line. Removing these substances can help promote reattachment of the gum tissue and ultimately lead to a healthier mouth. This procedure is typically done once and then patients will see a periodontist or hygienist every three to four months for a periodontal maintenance.
Does scaling and root planing cure my periodontal disease?
Unfortunately there is no cure for periodontal disease, but can be managed with regular periodontal maintenance and practice of good oral hygiene at home.
Flap Surgery might be necessary if inflammation and deep pockets remain following treatment with scaling and root planing. A periodontist may perform flap surgery to remove tartar deposits in deep pockets or to reduce the periodontal pocket. This surgery involves lifting back the gums and removing the tartar. The gums are then sutured back in place and allowed to heal. The post-surgical outcome will result in tissues that fit more tightly around the tooth.
Bone and Tissue Grafts
In addition to flap surgery, your periodontist may suggest procedures to help regenerate any bone or gum tissues lost. Bone grafting, in which natural or synthetic bone is placed in the area of bone loss, can help promote bone growth. Since each case is different, it is not possible to predict with certainty which grafts will be successful over the long-term. Treatment results depend on many things, including how far the disease has progressed and how well the patient keeps up with oral care at home.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a periodontist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions, such as placement by a periodontist and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.
What about teeth in a day?
Most of us have heard the advertisements about teeth in a day. What they don’t tell you is that patients often are not candidates for this procedure. In addition they do not tell you that you have to restrict your diet to soft foods for several months and that they have a relatively high failure rate. At Cody we will analyze the variables of each patient’s situation to come up with a predictable and realistic treatment plan for your dental implant.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in precisely these areas, they are ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals, they also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that you need to have teeth that look and feel just like your own. At Cody Dental, your dentist and periodontist will work together to make your dreams come true.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same or better care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!
After treatment, your periodontist will work closely with you and your dentist to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
Laser Periodontal Therapy (LANAP)
What is LANAP?
Laser assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) is the modern alternative to traditional periodontal surgery.While traditional periodontal surgery, commonly referred to as “gum surgery”, relies on the removal of infected bone and tissue to establish health, the LANAP procedure works through regeneration. During the procedure, a tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three hairs) is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is cleared away. The procedure is fast: It takes just two 2-hour sessions. Our Periodontist will treat one half of your mouth at each session. Not only does LANAP eliminate the need for invasive periodontal therapy, you’ll probably feel good enough to go right back to work after the treatment.
Our number one concern is to make sure that you as a patient understand your treatment options and are comfortable during your procedure. For a relaxing, stress free experience we offer sedation therapy.
Nitrous Oxide may be used as a conscious sedative during dental visits. Since it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist throughout the appointment. The effects wear off almost immediately and patients are able to drive home.
IV sedation is a procedure that allows treatment to be completed while you are asleep. It is both safe and effective when administered by a trained professional.
Other Available Surgical Services:
- Gingival grafting
- Bone grafting
- Scale and Root Planing
- Crown Lengthening
- Simple Extractions