Periodontics is the specialty of dentistry focusing exclusively on supporting structures of teeth, as well as diseases and conditions that affect them. The supporting tissues (periodontal tissues) include the gums, alveolar bone and the periodontal ligament.
A periodontist is a specialist dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and are also trained in performing cosmetic gum procedures and bone grafting procedures.
Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history.
At Green Health Dental Clinic our Periodontist offers a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. In addition, our periodontist is Privileged to Practice Laser Dental Treatments and the placement & maintenance of Dental implants. Advanced treatments offered such as Laser teeth whitening, Laser Gum Depigmentation and Peri-Implant Disease treatments.
Gum therapy treats the area beneath the gum line when signs of gum disease are present. Gum disease commonly affects patients who don’t do a good enough job eliminating plaque from their teeth.
Plaque is constantly forming on every person’s teeth; however, when it is allowed to proliferate unchecked, it can cause the gums to get inflamed. When this occurs, gum tissue begins to pull away from teeth and create tiny pockets which trap bacteria inside.
The periodontal gum pockets, if left untreated can lead to progressive periodontal disease that can ultimately cause bone loss & loss of tooth. If minor gum disease is caught in time, a professional teeth cleaning may be enough to keep it from damaging structures below the gum line. If pockets have already begun to form, however, we may recommend gum therapy.
Your gum therapy will usually require at least two visits, and a follow-up visit may be necessary to check pocket depth and make sure your gums and teeth are getting healthier.
Teeth Whitening is defined as any process that can make teeth appear whiter, and most of whitening is accomplished through a product that causes an intrinsic change to the tooth enamel, rather than surface stain removal.
Laser teeth whitening is a treatment available at Green Health Dental Clinic, but the treatment is not for everyone. Product safety and efficacy is paramount for a good result with little to no side effects.
Laser tooth whitening is administered in a dental clinic setup exclusively and is one of the common methods for whitening. Bleach is applied to each tooth, and heat generated by a laser enhances its effectiveness while ultimately speeding up the process. This procedure uses a strong bleaching gel that the laser activates and enhances for quick, dramatic results.
The bleach used is highly concentrated, special precautions are taken to reduce tooth sensitivity, as well as protect the lips, gums and other oral tissues from being damaged.
Lasers can be used to treat gum infections or periodontal disease. Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the supporting tissues and bone that hold the teeth in place.
Generally gum diseases are caused due to a number of reasons, such as poor oral health, genetic susceptibility, and chronic illnesses like diabetes, smoking and certain medications.
Laser treatment is a tissue-preserving, regenerative, and bone-building procedure. The dentist uses a laser to access an infected gum pocket to kill the infected tissue and bacteria. Laser energy disinfects the area completely, which creates a seal of tissues.
Laser treatment ensures that no tissue is subtracted or gum tissue is reduced to a lower level on purpose. It also stimulates cells in the tissues to form new connective tissues, bone and collagen. The body’s healing process then regenerates the lost ligaments and bone around the tooth.
Benefits of laser technology for gum disease treatment:
1. Limits bleeding
2. Faster healing
3. Minimally invasive
4. Preserves healthy parts of the teeth
5. Minimizes risk of bacterial infection
Gum Recession is the process in which gums gets pushed back or recede and expose the roots of the teeth.
In gum recession pockets or gaps form between the teeth and gum line, making it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged, and may ultimately result in tooth loss.
Gum recession is a common dental problem. Most people don't know they have gum recession because it occurs gradually. The first sign of gum recession is usually tooth sensitivity, or you may notice a tooth looks longer than normal.
Gum recession is not something to ignore. If you think your gums are receding, make an appointment with our dentist. At Green Health Dental Clinic gum specialist (Periodontist) can help to repair the gum and prevent further damage and relieve symptoms associated with it.
Treatment options at Green Health Dental Clinic for Receding Gums:
• Gum therapy.
• Gum grafts are used to cover the tissues in severe cases.
• Desensitizing agents to reduce the sensitivity of the exposed area.
• Direct or Indirect restoration to cover the surface of the root.
• Gum colored restoration can be applied to fill the gaps.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with material from patient′s own body, an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute.
Bone grafting is possible because bone tissue has the ability to regenerate completely if provided the space into which it has to grow. As natural bone grows, it generally replaces the graft material completely, resulting in a fully integrated region of new bone.
Bone grafting is a versatile and predictable procedure which fulfills a wide variety of functions.
A bone graft may be required to create a stable base for dental implant placement, to halt the progression of gum disease or to make the smile appear more aesthetically pleasing.
Gum infection is inflammation of the gums, usually associated with bacterial infection.
Once gum infection is diagnosed, you will have numerous treatment options that will vary based on the severity of the gum infection.
Methods used at Green Health Dental Clinic for treatment of gum infection:
• Antibiotic Gum Therapy
• Root Planing and Scaling: deeply cleans your gums and teeth
• Gingivectomy is a form of treatment removes infected gum tissue
• Flap Surgery
A gummy smile is excessive display of gums when you smile and too much gum tissue shows above the top teeth.
It makes an individual feel self-conscious or that their smile seems less attractive.
If too much of your gums cover the surface of your teeth, Gum specialist might recommend a procedure known as Gum contouring or Gum reshaping which may involve the removal of extra gum tissue.
Desensitization is a process in which desensitizing agent is applied onto sensitive area of the teeth or root to strengthen enamel which will help reduce teeth sensitivity and stop the transmissions to your nerves causing pain.
Conventional desensitizing agents aim to obliterate the exposed pores or tubules of tooth but take a while to work and must constantly be used.
At Green Health Dental Clinic apart from the traditional desensitization we use a dental laser for tooth/root desensitization. Laser tooth/root desensitization is an efficient tool for the treatment of tooth/teeth hypersensitivity.
Lasers have been proven to be effective at decreasing or even eliminating dental sensitivity. It directs the laser energy into the sensitive areas and the laser suppresses the potential of the nerve fibers by sealing the tubules. It is a simple procedure which requires no anesthesia.
Laser teeth desensitization makes you feel more comfortable and it’s a less anxious treatment.
Gum bleaching procedure allows to change or improve the natural color of the gums surrounding the teeth.
Basically dark gums are due to hyper-pigmentations in tissues, causing them to look dark, spotted or unhealthy. Dark gums can be caused by smoking, medications, and old restorations such as silver fillings that leak into the gum tissues.
Gum bleaching gives you perfectly healthy looking gums and have a natural colour of the gums across your entire smile.
It is also known as Gum Depigmentation, Gum Lightening and Gum Whitening.