If you have gingivitis or periodontitis, your dentist might recommend treatment with periodontics. Periodontics works to improve the health and well-being of your gums. At East Village Dental in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the team proudly offers several different periodontics treatments. To request your periodontics consultation today, call the New York City office or click the online booking tool.
Periodontics is a dental specialty focused on treating the supportive structures of your teeth, including your gums, bone, and other associated tissues. A periodontist is a dentist who has undergone special training in treating diseases that affect your gums.
In addition, periodontists perform cosmetic and implant dentistry. Because periodontists have unique knowledge of tissue engineering and soft tissue management, they regularly perform dental implant surgery.
Anyone who has gum disease can benefit from periodontics. You might also benefit from periodontics if you’re missing one or multiple permanent teeth, or if you’re unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of your gums and smile.
For example, if you have a “gummy” smile, periodontics can recontour your gum tissue and restore symmetry to your mouth.
At your first periodontics appointment, your East Village Dental provider reviews your medical and dental history. During this appointment, you should let your dentist know about any prescription medications, supplements, or vitamins you’re currently taking.
Next, your dentist examines your gums and checks to see if there’s any recession. Your dentist also assesses how your teeth fit together and checks your teeth to see if any are loose. Your dentist might also order a series of digital X-rays to get a closer look at your jawbones and tooth roots.
After gathering all of this information, your dentist develops a periodontics treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs.
At East Village Dental, the team offers several different types of periodontal treatment, including:
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that involves your East Village Dental provider recontouring your gum tissue and bone to expose more of a tooth’s surface for a crown. This procedure is relatively pain-free and usually takes less than an hour to complete.
Your dentist might recommend scaling and root planing to relieve the symptoms of chronic periodontitis. During scaling and root planing, your East Village Dental provider removes all of the plaque and tartar on your teeth above and below your gum line. After eradicating the plaque and tartar, your dentist smooths out your teeth roots, so your gums can easily reattach to your teeth.
During pocket reduction surgery, your East Village Dental provider carefully folds back your gum tissue and cleans out the disease-causing bacteria underneath. If you have a damaged jawbone, your dentist might also smooth the surface of your bone to limit areas where bacteria can collect and hide.
If you’re missing one or multiple permanent teeth and you don’t want to wear traditional dentures or another type of oral prosthetic, you may want to consider dental implants. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that your East Village Dental provider surgically places in the sockets of your missing teeth.
Following surgery, your bone grows around your implants, fusing them to your jawbone. A crown or denture attaches to the implant, restoring your smile.
To learn more about the benefits of periodontics, make an appointment at East Village Dental today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.