In order to have a healthy mouth, you need to have healthy gums as well as healthy teeth. The Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, state that about one-half of the U.S. population has gum disease in varying stages. Gum disease is also called periodontal disease and is evidenced by bleeding, red or swollen gums, and the symptoms can be exacerbated by brushing and flossing. This disease is called gingivitis and if not treated, can result in the loss of your teeth, degradation of your jawbone, and loss of the ligaments that secure your teeth to the bone.
Although gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in the U.S., it’s completely preventable by maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Each periodontal dentist in our Bradenton office is a gum disease specialist who has completed at least two years of additional training in the management of gum disease, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry. If you need periodontics in Bradenton, call our office at (941) 357-1292 and we can help you.
How Is a Periodontist in Bradenton Different from a Dentist?
A periodontist specializes in diagnosing and treating issues that involve the soft gum tissue. The term periodontics is derived from two Greek words, “perio” which means around, and “dontic” which means tooth. The periodontic specialists at our Bradenton office offer the following periodontal services to our patients in Bradenton. Call our office at (941) 357-1292 for more information.
- Periodontal disease treatment: Plaque is the sticky substance that forms on your teeth after eating and it contains bacteria that can erode the enamel and cause cavities unless it’s removed by brushing and flossing. The bacteria in plaque can also attack the gums and cause a breakdown of the jawbone and the ligaments that hold your teeth in place. READ MORE
- Dental implant placement: Dental implants are very popular because they look like your natural teeth and they last a long time. An implant is surgically implanted into your jawbone and it functions like the root of your natural tooth. Implants are excellent at maintaining the structural integrity of your jaw, providing a good foundation for a dental appliance such as a bridge or denture, and they help maintain the alignment of your teeth. When your teeth are properly aligned, there’s less likelihood that you’ll develop premature wrinkling around your mouth. READ MORE
- Crown lengthening: The part of your tooth that’s above your gum line is called the tooth crown. If your gums are higher on your teeth than you’d like, it can make your teeth appear short and stubby. Lengthening the crown will remove some of the excess gum tissue and expose more of the tooth crown, which can yield a more attractive smile. This procedure is also used when installing an artificial crown, a denture or braces.
- Gummy smile surgery: Some of our patients have excess gum tissue that they want removed in order to improve their smile. Some patients have an uneven gum line and want to even it out. Whatever the reason, a periodontist in our Bradenton office can help you achieve the smile you want.
- Soft tissue graft/ Gum grafting: If your gums have receded to the painful point that one or more of the roots of your teeth are exposed, then we can help you. A tissue graft can replace the tissue that’s been lost and help reduce the risk of more gum loss or tooth decay.
- Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis: Infection with the human papillomavirus, or HPV, has replaced smoking as the leading cause of oral cancer. If you have HPV or you think you have oral cancer, a gum disease expert in our Bradenton office can take a sample of a suspicious area and send it to the lab for a diagnosis. We’ll then discuss treatment options with you. We know how scary this type of diagnosis can be but don’t delay in obtaining treatment if you think you need it. All the dentists and staff in our periodontics office are very compassionate and will help you get through your diagnosis.
Whatever your need for periodontics in Bradenton, we can help you. We’re well known for our ability to make our patients comfortable. Your gum disease specialist will discuss our pain management methods with you to find the one that’s most comfortable.
Do You Offer Consultations with a Gum Specialist in Bradenton?
If you need periodontal treatments or need a consultation with a gum disease expert, call us at (941) 357-1292 and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions and make an appointment with a periodontist in our Bradenton office. A beautiful smile begins with healthy gums and healthy teeth, so call us today and let us get you back on the road to a beautiful smile and a healthy mouth.