Your dental center in Cambridge, MA, has highly trained, experienced, periodontists on staff. They diagnose and treat issues pertaining to the gums and tissues in the mouth. Gums are the foundation for the teeth, therefore a patient must have healthy teeth and gums to obtain optimal oral health. In order to become a periodontist, a graduate from dental school must successfully complete three additional years of training.
The most frequent gum disease treated is called gingivitis and it is estimated to affect nearly half of the adult population in the United States. One gingivitis symptom is inflamed gums that surround the teeth. Chronic gingivitis can cause permanent damage to teeth and it can cause the gums to recede.
Another gum disease is periodontitis, this is gingivitis in its later stages. The disease destroys soft tissue and damages bone which lessens support for teeth. Tooth loss and an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and other health problems are associated with periodontitis. Your affordable dental office in Cambridge, MA, can schedule you for a check-up to see if you have any issues with your gums or tissues.
Treatments for gum diseases include scaling and root planning. This procedure removes calculus and hard tarter build-up from the teeth from both above and below the gum line. There are also more advanced treatments available, all dependent on the patient’s oral health situation. Your dentist in Cambridge can get you on the path to recovery if you have a gum disease.
Periodontists also install dental implants or prosthetic teeth. Because their specialty is within the tissue and gum area, they are excellent at determining if the bone and tissue around the area where the implant will reside is strong enough. Periodontists play a vital role in keeping gums and tissues healthy.
Your Cambridge dentist would be happy to introduce you to one of our talented, friendly, periodontists.