What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the gums and other structures in your mouth that surround your teeth. A periodontist can monitor the health of your gums and treat the diseases that affect them. Aesthetic Dental Centers is pleased to have Dr. Mark Khaimov as our periodontist. Dr. Khaimov can:
- Treat gingivitis (mild periodontitis)
- Treat severe periodontitis
- Clean infected surfaces in your mouth
- Remove damaged or infected tissue
- Place and maintain dental implants
- Place and maintain bone grafts
Unhealthy gums can lead to detrimental results for your mouth and be associated with serious diseases like stroke, coronary artery disease, and arthritis.
How Do I Know if I Need Periodontal Care?
Periodontal diseases come with many telling symptoms. If you suspect that you need treatment from a periodontist, you’ll need to watch out for these symptoms:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Sensitive gums and teeth
- Receding Gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
If you notice these symptoms and they don’t go away, you might have periodontal disease. It’s vital for you to seek treatment immediately to preserve your gums and keep all your teeth.
Am I at Risk of Getting Periodontal Diseases?
There are several risk factors for periodontal diseases. If one or more of these apply to you, you may be at a higher risk of developing gingivitis or severe periodontal disease. Risk factors include:
- Old age
- Drug abuse
- Tobacco use
- Poor oral hygiene
- A poor diet
- Hormone changes
If several of these apply to you, you may benefit from more frequent dental cleanings and checkups.
What are my Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease?
Dr. Mark Khaimov at Aesthetic Dental Centers will determine the best course of treatment for you depending on the severity of your condition and your needs as an individual. Cases of gum disease that aren’t severe can be treated with medications, while progressed cases may require surgery to fully restore your smile. Standard treatments for periodontal disease include:
- Prescription mouthwash
- Antiseptic chip (a medicated piece of gelatin for your mouth)
- Flap surgery (surgical pocket reduction)
- Bone Grafts
- Tissue Grafts
Before resorting to surgery, Dr. Khaimov at Aesthetic Dental Centers explores all other less invasive options.
If you suspect that you may have periodontal disease, Dr. Mark Khaimov at Aesthetic Dental Centers can help. To learn more about periodontics, call or schedule an appointment online.