Periodontal Disease Treatment Diagnosis
In Kandor Dental, our dentists or dental hygienist diagnoses periodontal disease during a periodontal examination. This type of exam should always be part of your comprehensive and/or regular dental check-up.
A periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimeters. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper.
Your dentist or hygienist will use pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc., to make a diagnosis that will fall into a category below:
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Plaque and its toxin by-products irritate the gums, making them tender, inflamed, and likely to bleed.
Plaque hardens into calculus (tartar). As calculus and plaque continue to build up, the gums begin to recede from the teeth. Deeper pockets form between the gums and teeth and become filled with bacteria and pus. The gums become very irritated, inflamed, and bleed easily. Slight to moderate bone loss may be present.
The teeth lose more support as the gums, bone, and periodontal ligament continue to be destroyed. Unless treated, the affected teeth will become very loose and may be lost. Generalized moderate to severe bone loss may be present.
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth! If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings. If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. It is usually done one quadrant of the mouth at a time while the area is numb. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing). This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing. If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. Your dentist may also recommend that you see a Periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).
It only takes twenty four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus (tartar)! Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention. Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings), usually four times a year. At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy. Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line. Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control!
EXTRACTION & WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTIONS
In some cases, extracting a damaged or infected tooth is the best option for restoring your oral health. Extractions at Kandor Dental are performed with the utmost gentleness and care so that you have a pleasant experience. Our dentists and oral surgeon offer extractions of permanent teeth, primary (baby) teeth, and wisdom teeth. You can rest assured that an extraction at Kandor Dental will be:
- Completed in one visit
Our dentists will only perform an extraction if there are no other feasible treatment options available. If you are experiencing any dental discomfort, contact our office immediately so that we can try to help you return to optimal oral health without performing an extraction. Call us today if you have any other questions about your oral health and smile!
If you have ever suffered from bad breath, also known as halitosis, you understand that it can be an embarrassing experience. Here at Kandor Dental we offer halitosis treatment that can provide a long-lasting solution to problematic breath. Halitosis can be caused by a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:
- Certain foods and drinks
- Poor oral hygiene
- Certain medical conditions
- Dry mouth (xerostomia)
- Some medications
Our dentists will recommend a specific halitosis treatment depending upon your individual causes and symptoms. In many cases, improving your daily oral hygiene routine will reduce and eliminate bad breath. If you would like more information on halitosis and how we can treat it, please call or visit one of our comprehensive dentistry practices call us today!
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The dental implants are tiny titanium posts, which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration, which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
EVALUATION FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During this consultation visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Kandor Dental’s doctors. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, in Kandor Dental we design the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The implants will be uncovered and a small healing collar will be attached. In Kandor Dental, we can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the dental implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Emergency Dental Care
We attend to all dental emergencies as soon as possible*, and we do not make you wait days or weeks to be seen. After all, a dental emergency is something that requires attention now! Whether you are our established patient or a new patient we are here to help you with your dental emergency.
- 2nd Opinions
- Broken teeth
- Lost crowns
- Lost fillings
- Broken or lost temporary crowns/bridges
- Loose or broken dental work
- Broken dentures/denture teeth
- Wisdom teeth
- Broken bonding
- Swollen/bleeding gums
- Missing teeth
- Bone Graft
- Gingival Graft
- Sinus Lift
*Please note that if you are having a medical emergency and require immediate attention please call 911 emergency service*
If your emergency is not on this list-please do not worry! We are confident that we can help you.
Please call us at 407-542-4934 with your dental emergency