What is a Periodontist?
Periodontists specialize in working around and under the gum areas of the patients mouth. Healthy gums are critical to overall oral hygiene and health. Periodontal therapy involves the treatment of gum disease from its early stages (gingivitis) to the more advanced stages of the disease (periodontitis), which includes bone loss and the destruction of the tooth’s supporting attachment. Periodontal procedures can also be cosmetic in nature, resulting in a more aesthetic smile.
In the earliest stages, gum disease is generally treated with non-surgical procedures. However, when loss of the tooth’s attachment has progressed significantly, surgical intervention may be necessary. Soft tissue procedures address the deterioration of the gum tissues, while bone augmentation procedures repair bone loss. These procedures are performed in our surgical rooms with local anesthesia.