Dentistry is not just about teeth: it includes every part of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, larynx and gums. Periodontology is the branch of dentistry that studies supporting structures of teeth like gums.
The periodontists of Carrefour Dentaire de Montréal have completed three years of specialization at the end of their doctorate, which makes them experts in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and infections of the gums and bone. Dental implants and gum grafting hold no secrets for them! Here’s what you should know about periodontics.
Some Diseases and Conditions Targeted by Periodontics
The most common disease is undoubtedly gingivitis. Not only does gingivitis age teeth prematurely, but it causes bad breath and inflammation or even dental abscesses. In addition, it can lead to periodontitis, a more severe disease. A thorough cleaning performed by a dentist can often stop the disease, although surgery may be essential.
Caused by bacteria, periodontitis is the result of gingivitis that has not been treated. It affects the supporting tissue of the teeth and can cause gum loss, so you should not wait before making an appointment with a periodontist to remedy the situation as soon as possible.
At Carrefour Dentaire de Montréal, periodontists often perform surgery on the teeth, bone and jaw muscles. Their skills are often required for operations such as more difficult cases of wisdom teeth extraction, bone grafting or dental implants.
All You Need to Know About Procedures Performed in Periodontics
- Dental implant surgery: As experts on the gums and bone around the teeth, periodontists perform the placement of dental implants that replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. To stabilize the teeth, they install a small screw in the jaw bone during surgery under local anesthesia.
- Gum grafting: If you suffer from dental hypersensitivity or your teeth are loose, gum grafting could solve your problems. Receding gums can cause inflammation and even tooth loss: They’re also not aesthetically pleasing. At Carrefour Dentaire de Montréal, our periodontist performs two types of grafts: Autogenous transplants, with grafts extracted from the palate, and allogeneic transplants, with prefabricated grafts taken from a donor.
- Dental crown lengthening: Some people do not have enough gums, while others have too many. This problem is recognizable by what dentists call a “gummy” smile when excess gums make the teeth appear shorter. This procedure sometimes comes before the fitting of dental prostheses such as bridges or veneers.
- Bone grafting: The resorption of the alveolar bone weakens the entire root of the teeth, complicating the implant process. Periodontists solve the problem by extracting a bone graft, then installing it in the alveolar area that needs it.
Given our specialization in dental emergencies, we make sure to offer treatments performed by the best field professionals using state-of-the-art equipment. With us, you will find a calm and reassuring environment where your fears and concerns are taken seriously.