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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

A Periodontist offers What Treatments?

Posted on 1/24/2022 by Dr. Boustany
A Periodontist offers What Treatments?Gum disease is not something to joke about and can grow to become a significant health problem. A periodontist performs a range of treatments to deter the progression of gum disease and replaces missing or lost dental foundation. This includes the replacement of jawbone, gum tissue, and missing teeth to enhance the functionality, bite and smile. The treatments offered by a periodontist are geared towards improving the aesthetics and mechanical stability, and it is often handled in phases to ensure a high rate of success. Some of the common treatments performed by a periodontist include:

Phase 1 {Non-Surgical Therapy}

When a patient has a case of advanced periodontitis and gingivitis, it is usually difficult for them to clean the spaces or “pockets” between the teeth and the gums. By consulting a periodontist, patients can undergo a deeper cleaning such as root planing and scaling, which can get under the gum tissues, eradicating infection-causing bacteria, and debris. Through an endoscope, the periodontist can enhance the view of the affected area for a more comprehensive cleaning.

Phase 2 {Surgical Therapy}

When the issue persists, or phase 1 fails to meet the desired objectives, the periodontist may recommend surgical therapy to control the disease and restore periodontal health. This involves opening the gum for better access to the diseased bone and surface root. The surgical treatment enhances the cleaning efforts of the affected area, and it also enables the periodontist to reshape or remove the infected bone for a healthier foundation. Before proceeding to surgery, the patient is given an option to undergo surgery while unconscious and the periodontist can use a range of IV sedation techniques.

Both surgical and non-surgical therapy ensure that the gum is healthy and sufficient jaw bone for support of dental appliances such as implants. Before undergoing either of these therapies, it is important to schedule an appointment with a periodontist for assessment to determine the best solution.
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