The Importance of Visiting a Periodontist

Posted on: December 10, 2015


At Pleasant Dental, we provide periodontics care for patients throughout Newtown, CT, and the 06470 area. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or are concerned about your gum health, it is important to visit a dentist who specializes in providing periodontics solutions so you have access to the widest variety of treatment options. To schedule an appointment, call (203) 290-3648.

Your Gums are Critical to Your Oral Health

A periodontist is someone who treats your gums, preventing periodontal disease and treating it if it develops. This is in addition to improving the appearance of your gums through solutions like crown lengthening. While most people think of their teeth when they consider oral health, gums are equally important. It is your gums that hold teeth securely in place and prevent your roots from being exposed to bacteria. If your gums become infected and remain untreated, it can eventually lead to tooth loss. If you want to maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime, you need to take care of your gums.

Treating Periodontal Disease

As a Newtown periodontist, we can treat your gums early by performing a deep cleaning or periodontal scaling and root planing. These procedures allow us to remove the plaque and tartar that has built up underneath your gum tissue. By doing so, we are removing the cause of irritation so your gums can naturally return to good health. In many cases, this is all that is necessary to restore healthy gum tissue. However, some of our 06470 patients visit our office after the disease has progressed. Once the gum tissue begins to recede and pull away from the tooth structure, more invasive measures may be necessary to restore it. In this case, we can perform a pocket reduction surgery to close any pockets in the gum tissues and secure the gums back around the teeth. At Pleasant Dental, we use sedation to ensure that patients remain comfortable during this process.

Ways a Periodontist Can Help You

In addition to treating and preventing periodontal disease, we can also treat your bruxism. This is a condition where people grind or clench their teeth at night. Many of our Newtown, CT patients come in complaining of facial pain, a sore jaw, or teeth that appear to be ground down. In this case, we will conduct an examination to determine if bruxism is the cause. If it is, we may recommend a solution like removable night guard in order to prevent the teeth from grinding and clenching at night. This simple solution can prevent bruxism, discomfort, and unnecessary wear on your teeth.

At Pleasant Dental, we can also conduct an oral cancer exam to look for any signs of oral cancer or cancerous tissue. While this is not a widely acknowledged disease, it kills one person every hour in the United States. An oral cancer exam can provide the early detection you need to work with an oncologist to fight the disease.

If you are interested in learning more about how a Newtown periodontist can help you and your family stay healthy, call (203) 290-3648. We can treat and prevent periodontal disease and bruxism. We can also provide you with a crown lengthening procedure to reduce a gummy smile, a deep cleaning, periodontal scaling and root planing procedure, pocket reduction surgery, and more.

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