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What Conditions Do Periodontists Treat?

Posted on March 20, 2024

What Conditions Do Periodontists Treat?

Periodontists are doctors who specialize in treating gum disease, from prevention to diagnosis and treatment. While this is not all that periodontists are limited to, their deep understanding and practice with the gums help patients enhance, protect, and restore this smile. In practice, your periodontist in Oshawa can provide you with a number of services. At The Perio Centre, the goal is to provide all of our patients with high-quality and effective gum solutions. Dr. Adam Ohayon and the entirety of The Perio Centre team are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to provide several custom-tailored services to our patients in Oshawa, Whitby, and across the Greater Toronto Area. 

Here are the conditions our periodontists in Oshawa provide at The Perio Centre.

Gum Disease

Also known as "periodontitis," gum disease is an infection that occurs within the gums as a result of plaque and tartar buildup. Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which affects most adults. At its early stages, the condition is reversible. As it progresses, its effects become more severe, and as a result, treatment from a periodontist is recommended. Because chronic inflammatory disease affects the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth, lack of intervention can lead to tooth loss. Many of the services offered at The Perio Centre are designed to prevent tooth loss and restore the strength of these systems for longer-lasting better-functioning teeth. If you notice the signs of gum disease, such as receding gum lines, loose teeth, bleeding gums, swelling gums, extreme tooth sensitivity, exposed tooth roots, or painful chewing, visit The Perio Centre to explore your options. Our periodontist in Oshawa and the team of specialists provide treatments such as guided tissue regeneration, gum grafting, dental implants, and more to help our patients combat the persistent challenges of gum disease. Contact our office to book a consultation with Dr. Adam Ohayon to learn more about your options. 

Deep Gum Pockets

Deep gum pockets develop primarily as a result of the progression of gum disease. Plaques left on the teeth can infect the gums, leading to the gums pulling away and forming pockets between the teeth and gums, making you more susceptible to tooth loss and infection. Additionally, tartar, which accumulates both below and above the gum line, can exacerbate pocket formation and requires professional dental cleaning for removal. Genetic factors also play a role, as some individuals are inherently more prone to gum disease and deep gum pockets despite practicing good oral hygiene. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, poor nutrition, and stress can negatively impact the body's immune response to infections, including those in the gums, facilitating the development and deepening of gum pockets. Furthermore, certain health conditions like diabetes and immune-compromising conditions elevate gum disease risk and deep gum pockets' subsequent formation. 

Periodontal flap surgery is a treatment where your periodontist makes small incisions in the gum to lift a section of gum tissue, providing access to deep tartar and bacteria for removal. After thoroughly cleaning the area, the gum tissue is then sutured back into place. This treatment helps reduce pocket depth and makes it easier to keep the area clean, thus aiding in further gum and bone damage prevention.

Receding Gum Lines

Receding gums are often a result of several factors, with periodontal diseases being the leading cause. These bacterial gum infections deteriorate the tissue and bone supporting the teeth, further accelerating gum recession. Gum recession can be made worse by factors like aggressive tooth brushing and insufficient dental care. Inadequate brushing, flossing, and not using antibacterial mouthwash allow plaque to harden into tartar, which is a significant factor in gum recession and gum disease. If you've been noticing your gums moving further away from your teeth, a skilled periodontist in Oshawa, like Dr. Adam Ohayon and The Perio Centre, can provide you with the insight and treatments you need, such as guided tissue regeneration and gum grafting, both of which aim to restore and replace lost gum tissue for a healthier smile.

Missing or Loose Teeth

The cause of a loose or missing adult tooth can range from chronic gum disease that compromised gum tissue to simply an accident or incident that knocked a tooth out of the mouth. Regardless of the cause, periodontists in Oshawa treat missing teeth with dental implants. The advanced treatment is a long-lasting and durable option for tooth replacement, far outperforming alternatives like dental bridges. At The Perio Centre, dental implants are made with surgical-grade titanium engineered to last for decades. Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that are skillfully placed into the gums and bone, then they're topped with a custom-fit crown to enable the function and comfort of a natural tooth. 

Dental implants are a preferred tooth replacement option by periodontists for many reasons. They are a cost-effective investment that lasts decades instead of a few years. Because dental implants are inserted into the bone, they stimulate the jaw bone, maintaining bone density in the jaw for longer and preventing drastic changes to the facial structure. Dental implants also allow patients to chew, eat, talk, and breathe more comfortably. And they simply require the same everyday care as your natural teeth, making them easy to care for. 

Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome 

TMJ is a complex condition encompassing a range of disorders affecting the joint connecting the lower jaw bone to the skull. The condition leads to several symptoms, such as inflammation, discomfort, and stiffness in the jaw, making everyday actions like chewing and speaking challenging. Periodontists in Oshawa have a deep understanding of oral structures, which equips them to be incredibly valuable in managing and treating TMJ symptoms. The Perio Centre and Dr. Adam Ohayon offer treatments such as occlusal guards, which are custom-made devices designed to fit over the teeth. These guards help redistribute the force of biting, alleviate pressure on the TMJ, and prevent habits like teeth grinding, which often exacerbate TMJ symptoms. By addressing these issues, occlusal guards can significantly reduce inflammation, minimize discomfort, and improve jaw mobility, offering patients a path toward relief and improved oral health.

Invest In Your Smile with The Perio Centre

Our skilled and experienced experts at The Perio Centre are here to address your gum health and related issues to help you get the most out of your smile. At The Perio Centre, we offer a number of services, including oral cancer screening, periodontal therapy and hygiene, frenectomies, and more, in addition to dental implants, guided tissue regeneration, and gum regeneration. If your dentist has recommended you see a periodontist, or you've been struggling with your gum health, trust The Perio Centre team. 

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