Periodontist in Windsor CT

Gum Disease Treatment Services Windsor

It is not a given that we must lose teeth as we age. If we maintain good oral hygiene and have regular professional cleanings and oral examinations, chances are we can keep our natural teeth for life. That involves not only caring for the teeth themselves, but also the structures that surround them: the gums and tooth-supporting bone. Gum disease, which is a bacterial infection, threatens these supporting tissues. That is why dental professionals are always on the lookout for early signs that patients may not notice. When signs of trouble become apparent, periodontal therapy may be suggested.

Periodontal therapy can take various forms, but the goal is always to restore diseased tissues to health. Gum (periodontal) disease can spread from the gums to the bone that supports the teeth, and may even cause tooth loss in the most severe cases. There are very effective therapies to combat this, ranging from scalings (deep cleanings) that remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from beneath the gum line, to surgical repair of lost gum and bone tissue.

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Periodontal Therapy Procedures

Periodontal therapy includes both surgical and non-surgical techniques to restore health to the tissues that support the teeth (gums and bone) and prevent tooth loss. They include:

Scaling and Root Planing. These deep-cleaning techniques are the best starting point to control gum disease. Plaque and calculus (tartar) are removed from beneath the gum tissues, using hand scalers and/or ultrasonic instruments.

Gum Grafting. Sometimes it’s necessary to replace areas of lost gum tissue so that tooth roots are adequately protected. This can be accomplished by taking healthy gum tissue from one area of the mouth and moving it to where it is needed, or by using laboratory-processed donor tissue.

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Periodontal Plastic Surgery

When used to describe surgery, the word “plastic” refers to any reshaping procedure that creates a more pleasing appearance of the gum tissues.

Periodontal Laser Treatment

Periodontal laser treatment involves removing diseased gum tissue with lasers that can offer significant advantages over conventional surgery, such as less discomfort and gum shrinkage.

Crown Lengthening Surgery

This is a surgical procedure in which tooth structure that is covered by gum and bone tissue may need to be exposed either for cosmetic reasons (too make the teeth look longer and the smile less gummy) or to aid in securing a new dental crown.

Dental Implants

Today’s preferred method of tooth replacement is a titanium dental implant, which is placed beneath the gum line and into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. The implant is then attached to a realistic-looking dental crown that is visible above the gum line and indistinguishable from a natural tooth.

Your Role in Periodontal Health

Dental plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease, so it’s essential to remove it every day with effective brushing and flossing. This doesn’t mean scrubbing, which can actually cause your gums to recede. Proper techniques can be demonstrated for you, if you have any questions.

Of course, there are some areas of the mouth that a toothbrush and floss just can’t reach, which is why it’s so important to have regular professional cleanings at the dental office. Your regular dental exam is also a time when early signs of gum disease can be detected — before they become apparent even to you.

Eating a nutritious diet low in sugar, and staying away from tobacco in all forms, will also increase your periodontal health — and your chances of keeping your teeth for life.

If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, we can help you to treat and manage the condition by creating a care plan with the guidance of a dentist and hygienist. We offer periodontal treatment for all ages. Our pediatric periodontist can help your children achieve healthy gums.

Located right off Exit 38 off I 91 in Windsor, Ct, New England Dental Center is committed to being your local, complete cosmetic dental solution.  Established as a multispecialty group practice in 1980, we provide the dental care you need and deserve in one convenient location.  We want to help you begin your journey to a healthy and happy smile.

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Frequently Asked Periodontal Questions

Do you need a root canal for periodontal disease?

Root Canal for Periodontal Disease:

No, these are Separate Issues:

  • Root canals address problems within the tooth.
  • Periodontal disease involves issues with the gums and supporting structures.

Treatment Approach:

  • Root canal or periodontal treatment depends on the specific dental issue.

How painful is periodontal treatment?

Pain Level in Periodontal Treatment:

Varies:

  • Mild discomfort during and after procedures.
  • Local anesthesia is commonly used to minimize pain.
  • Post-treatment, any discomfort is typically manageable with prescribed medications.

Is periodontal treatment worth it?

Value of Periodontal Treatment:

Preservation of Oral Health:

  • Prevents tooth loss and maintains gum health.

Prevention of Systemic Issues:

  • Linked to overall well-being.

Individual Decision:

  • Worth is subjective, dependent on the patient’s oral health needs.

How long does periodontitis take to heal?

Healing Time for Periodontitis:

Varies:

  • Mild cases may see improvement in a few weeks.
  • Severe cases might require longer, ongoing treatment.
  • Consistent aftercare and maintenance are crucial for sustained results.

Can gums heal from periodontitis?

Gum Healing in Periodontitis:

Partial Healing:

  • Gums can improve with treatment.
  • Some damage, like lost bone, may be irreversible.

Maintenance:

  • Consistent aftercare and good oral hygiene are essential for ongoing gum health.

What happens if periodontal disease goes untreated?

Consequences of Untreated Periodontal Disease:

Tooth Loss:

  • Progressive damage to supporting structures may lead to tooth loss.

Systemic Health Risks:

  • Links to conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Chronic Inflammation:

  • Continuous inflammation affects overall oral health.

Should I go straight to a Periodontist?

Going to a Periodontist:

Depends on Severity:

  • For routine care or initial concerns, a general dentist may be sufficient.
  • For advanced periodontal issues, direct consultation with a periodontist might be recommended.

Can a general dentist treat periodontitis?

Treatment of Periodontitis by General Dentist:

Early Stages:

  • General dentists can treat mild to moderate periodontal issues.
  • Basic scaling, root planing, and maintenance.

Referral for Complex Cases:

  • Severe cases may be referred to a periodontist for specialized care.

Is a periodontist better than a dentist?

Periodontist vs. Dentist:

Specialized Focus:

  • Periodontists specialize in gum and periodontal health.
  • Dentists provide a broader range of general dental care.

Collaborative Approach:

  • Collaboration between dentists and periodontists ensures comprehensive care.

Should I go straight to a periodontist?

Direct Consultation with a Periodontist:

For Specific Concerns:

  • If you suspect or have been diagnosed with advanced periodontal issues.
  • Direct referrals from a dentist are common for specialized care.

Is periodontal treatment worth it?

Value of Periodontal Treatment:

Preservation of Oral Health:

  • Prevents tooth loss and maintains gum health.

Overall Well-being:

  • Links between periodontal health and systemic conditions.

Individual Decision:

  • Worth is subjective and depends on the patient’s oral health needs.

When should a patient be referred to a periodontist?

Referral to a Periodontist:

Advanced Periodontitis:

  • Severe gum disease not responding to general dental treatment.

Complex Cases:

  • Cases requiring specialized procedures like gum surgery.

Collaborative Decision:

  • Dentists often refer patients based on the severity and complexity of the case.