Periodontal dentistry involves care and treatments of the gums and tissues that support the health of your teeth. Periodontal dentistry is an important component of overall dental health, and can provide patients with access to both cosmetic and non-cosmetic procedures. We believe the best Austin family dentistry practice should also support the health of your gums, which is why we provide services including:
An important component of periodontal dentistry is the treatment of gingivitis. Gingivitis is common, and typically mild, but can become serious if left untreated. This gum disease typically causes redness, irritation, and swelling of the gums. A thorough cleaning coupled with improved home care and daily oral hygiene is typically sufficient to stop the progression of gingivitis. If left untreated, however, the disease can progress to moderate and serious cases of periodontitis which can precede tooth loss.
These techniques enable periodontal dentists to thoroughly clean the root surfaces of teeth and turn back the clock on gum disease.
Even the thorough cleanings of scaling and planning do not replace or substitute daily oral hygiene. In order to maintain the effects that scaling and planing provide, brushing and flossing twice daily is essential, especially for those with a history of gum disease. Depending on your history and risk factors, we’ll work with you to determine the very best oral hygiene routine to develop and maintain good gum health.
Thanks to periodontal dentistry, it is possible to reshape gums to improve the overall look of your smile. Gums that appear too “long” or too “short” can be addressed by periodontal dentists through a procedure called gum contouring. Aside from aesthetics, contouring can also support the health of your gums and supporting structures by eliminating space where bacteria can proliferate.
When it comes to restoring missing teeth, few procedures provide a more permanent and “tooth-like” solution than dental implants. During this procedure, a titanium rod is implanted into a patient’s jawline, upon which a lifelike artificial tooth is secured. This procedure occurs in several stages:
Periodontal dentistry allows for patients to enjoy benefits that implants provide over removable dentures, including more stability and security while eating and speaking, and fewer changes to daily oral hygiene routines. Dental implants also provide anchors for implant-supported dentures and bridges. These important periodontal dentistry procedures can help to restore a dental patient’s smile, confidence, speech, and ability to enjoy their favorite foods.
Periodontal dentistry requires extra training and experience for providers and staff, and at South Austin Dental Studio, we’re proud to offer periodontal dentistry services to support your overall dental health, and help you achieve your very best smile.