What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection that destroys the attachment fibers and supporting bone that anchor your teeth. It has been referred to as the "silent epidemic" because it is typically painless but responsible for up to 90% of all adult tooth loss. If left untreated it can lead to bad breath, bleeding gums, loose teeth and eventually tooth loss.
What factors contribute to periodontal disease?
There are many factors that can contribute to periodontal disease, such as: stress, diabetes, bacteria, grinding, clenching, inadequate home care and certain medications.
What is a periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who has become a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the gums and supporting bones of the teeth. In addition, he performs cosmetic, periodontal procedures and dental implants to help patients achieve the smiles they desire.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture in place. It is immediately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Implants can help adults of any age. They will never develop cavities and never require root canals.
Implants can be placed during an office visit with little or no discomfort. They will allow you to eat the foods you enjoy, smile and laugh with confidence, and dramatically improve your appearance and self-image by providing natural looking and long lasting teeth.
Why should I go to a periodontist for my dental implant?
Periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in treating the gums and the supporting bone. Therefore, they have special knowledge and training to help patients achieve optimal results and to have their implants look and feel natural.