"Why is my Dentist referring me to a Periodontist?"
Your Dentist has determined that your gums require special care and has referred you to us. By referring you to a Periodontist, your Dentist is showing a strong commitment to optimal dental care. And please remember, your periodontal appointments are not meant to take the place of regular visits to your General Dentist.
"What is periodontal disease?"
Periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial plaque - a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it hardens into a rough, porous deposit called calculus, or tartar. Toxins are produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums and can make them red, tender, swollen, and more likely to bleed easily. As the plaque and tartar build up, periodontal disease progresses the supporting gum tissues around teeth are destroyed, forming pockets that fill with more plaque. Under the gums, bone that supports the teeth may be permanently damaged and lost. Unless treated, the bone will continue to be lost, and the affected teeth can become loose and eventually lost.
"What will happen during the first visit?"
After reviewing your medical and dental history, Dr. Endy will examine your gums and teeth. This examination will include assessing the color and firmness of your gums, studying which teeth are loose, checking for gum pockets, and checking how much gum tissue has been lost. Dental x-rays may be taken to evaluate the bone supporting the teeth. Once all the information is gathered, Dr. Endy will discuss your condition with you and decide upon the best treatment for your dental health. Dr. Endy will also correspond with your Dentist so that he/she is kept informed.
"What will periodontal treatment involve?"
In the earlier stages of gum disease, most of the treatment involves scaling and root planning, which is removing plaque and calculus in the pockets around the tooth and smoothing the root surfaces. In most cases of early gum disease, scaling and root planning and proper daily cleaning of the teeth are all that are required for a satisfactory result.
More advanced cases may require surgical treatment. The goals of this treatment are to remove calculus from deep pockets around the teeth, reduce the pockets, smoothen the root surfaces, and arrange gum tissue into a shape that will be easier to keep clean.
"How can I prevent periodontal disease?"
Conscientious removal of plaque by brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings can minimize the risks of gum disease. However, other factors can affect the health of your gums, such as hereditary factors, stress, diabetes, and pregnancy.
"How long is a single implant procedure?"
The visit usually is about an hour. Additional time may be necessary if a temporary needs to be fabricated.
"Will the implant procedure hurt?"
Dental implant procedure is an in-office procedure using local anesthesia. During the procedure, you will be comfortable once the area has been anesthetized. And if the instructions are followed carefully, post-procedure discomfort can be minimized.