Periodontal disease treatment has evolved into an advanced science for a good reason. According to medical research, a person’s oral health has a very profound influence on their general health. The mouth is the gateway to the nutrition received by the human body. Periodontal diseases can result in an inability to receive nutrition orally. It could also result in infectious germs from the mouth travelling rest of the body. Deadly diseases could enter the bloodstream through the infected gums. It is also a medically proven fact that tartar, plaque etc., could contribute to blood clots and result in a heart attack.
Whom Should You Consult For The Treatment Of Periodontal Diseases?
What is the meaning of the words periodontal? The word periodontal refers to the various structures that support the teeth in human beings and animals. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in diagnosing, preventing, and treating periodontal diseases, placement of dental or teeth implants, dental surgery, etc.
Treatment of Periodontal diseases refers to curing diseases relating to the teeth, the structures that support the teeth, etc. A dentist can become a qualified periodontist only after completing the stipulated periodontal training and successfully passing the required examinations.
To qualify for dental school, a person must possess an undergraduate degree. The qualified dentist must go through additional years of periodontal training after completing dental school to become a specialist in periodontal care.
They have to go through additional training for:
- Diagnosis of periodontal diseases.
- Non-surgical procedures for the treatment of periodontal diseases. This includes scaling, root planning, antibiotics, etc.
Surgical procedures for the treatment of periodontal diseases. The surgical procedures include flap surgery or pocket reduction surgery, soft tissue grafts, bone grafting, guided tissue regeneration procedures, specific use of tissue-stimulating proteins, etc. The treatment of periodontal diseases also requires a comprehensive knowledge of dental implants. They must know what implants to use when to use them etc. They are specially trained to treat gum disease and provide specific implants that relate to the soft tissue structures, jaw bones, cheekbones in some cases, etc.
Many advanced technologies like Lazer treatment, 3D imaging, the latest high-grade zirconia implants, etc., are used by periodontists. A dentist capable of delivering periodontal care refers patients to doctors specialized in periodontal care when the case becomes very severe.
They Are Experts In Dental Implanting Procedures.
Previously Titanium implants were used exclusively, but Zirconia implants are also getting increasingly popular. Zirconia implants are also called ceramic implants made from Zirconium oxide. The Titanium alloys metals are more rigid, but the zirconia implants score higher on being more compatible with the human body’s mechanisms. Zirconia implants are an excellent choice for people who have specific metal allergies. Titanium alloy implants have been used for a long time and have a 99 per cent plus success rate. However, the zirconia dental implant is also gaining popularity as it integrates and fuses with the bone and provides a perfect aesthetic look.
A Titanium dental implant is extensively used for more severe cases requiring supporting the jaw bone or where the case is so severe that the dental implant needs to be placed on check bone in addition to supporting the jaw bone. The Titanium implants consist of an implant post and an implant abutment. The newer ceramic implants are also available in two parts, like titanium implants. In the case of titanium implants, the metal-coloured dental implant post is cleverly concealed by the periodontist. The computer-guided surgery also ensures the correct placement of the dental or teeth implants about the stress of the weight distribution.
Types Of Dental Or Teeth Implants
The three most commonly used types of dental or teeth implants are:
- Endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic.
- Endosteal Implants strengthen the jawbone structure for the post to fuse into. The placeholder posts are shaped like screws and put in the jawbone. The teeth are then fitted into these posts.
- The Subperiosteal Implants are put on the top of the jaw bone and under the gum. This is done by putting a frame under the gum. A post is attached to the frame. The gum adjusts itself and accommodates the frame. The teeth are fixed onto the post.
- Zygomatic implants are used when the patient does not have enough of their jawbone to support the false teeth. This type of implant is secured on the patient’s cheekbone.
- Temporary or immediate Implants are used to fill up the area of a lost tooth on the same day of the corrective dental procedure. These implants can be placed only if the jawbone, and supporting structures, including gums, etc., are strong enough to support the pressure exerted by a false tooth. This type of dental implantrequires a special diet and lifestyle change until the more long-term implants for your dental health are placed.
When Should You Consult A Periodontist?
Since periodontal diseases have a more severe effect on your overall health, you should see a periodontist in case you have inflamed or tender gums or gums that tend to bleed when you brush or floss. These are early signs. An early diagnosis and remedy in the early stages will save you time, money and also pain. With the advancement in periodontal treatment technology, your perfect pearly white smile can be a permanent feature in your life.