Periodontics

Dental Implant Institute

Board Certified Periodontist & Dental Implant Expert located in Las Vegas, NV

If you have gingivitis or periodontitis, periodontics treatment can prevent further damage, limit infection, and restore your mouth to a healthy condition. At Dental Implant Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jennifer Cha, DMD, MS, and the team provide various periodontics services onsite, including diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and periodontal surgery. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Periodontics Q & A

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that diagnoses, treats, and prevents gum disease. Gum disease is a broad term that refers to inflammation or infection of the gum tissue. Though common, without prompt intervention and treatment, gum disease increases your risk of more serious health problems like tooth loss and bone decay. 

What are the different types of gum disease?

Dental Implant Institute treats several types of gum disease, including:

Gingivitis 

Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that causes your gums to become red, irritated, and swollen. If your teeth regularly bleed while brushing and flossing, gingivitis may be to blame. Fortunately, when caught early on, gingivitis is possible to treat and reverse.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is an advanced type of gum disease that occurs when plaque spreads below your gum line. Harmful bacteria inside the plaque release toxins that wear away at your gum tissue, causing your teeth to become loose, and in severe cases, fall out. 

There are several types of periodontitis, including aggressive periodontitis, chronic periodontitis, and necrotizing periodontal disease.

What happens during a periodontics appointment?

At Dental Implant Institute, a periodontics appointment begins with a thorough oral exam, a review of your oral health history, and a discussion of your symptoms. 

After gathering this information, your dentist takes oral X-rays to determine the severity of your gum disease and see if there’s any damage to your jawbones. Your provider then develops a custom periodontal treatment plan. 

What treatments does periodontics provide?

Dental Implant Institute offers several types of treatment to address gum disease, including:

Scaling and root planing

If you have a mild case of gum disease, you might benefit from scaling and root planing. During this type of treatment, your provider carefully removes plaque from the surface of your teeth and from beneath your gum line (scaling). Afterward, they smooth out the surfaces of your teeth (root planing), making it possible for your gums to reattach.

Gum grafting

If you have a serious case of gum disease and experience gum recession, your dentist might recommend gum grafting. Gum grafting takes healthy tissue from another area of your mouth and stitches it on top of your damaged or decaying gums. 

Sinus bone grafting

If your jawbones start to decay due to gum disease, you might benefit from a bone grafting procedure. Bone grafting uses synthetic material or donor bone to encourage the growth of new, healthy bone tissue. This strengthens and preserves your jaw, preventing further deterioration.

Sinus lift

If your upper jaw has low bone volume, your dentist might recommend a sinus lift. This procedure adds bone material to your upper jaw to make it taller. It’s particularly helpful for people preparing to receive dental implants.

To learn more about periodontics, schedule an appointment at Dental Implant Institute. Call the office or book a consultation online today.