When it comes to showing off your smile, you need pearly white teeth and healthy pink gums. Periodontists specialize in the treatment of gums, making them a great partner for patients who need extra help with the prevention and diagnosis of different types of gum disease.
If your Cary dentist has referred you to a periodontist or you want to improve your smile, the team at Lane & Associates Family Dentistry can help get your smile back on track. If you have questions about finding a periodontist or would like to schedule an appointment, call us at 877-526-3337 or contact us below. You can also stop in to see our team at one of our several Cary offices!
What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist will work with your dentist to help prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect the gums and supporting tissues. Basically, a periodontist treats all of the things that keep your teeth attached to you! Periodontists complete an additional three years of schooling after dental school, along with clinical training through an accredited post-graduate program, so they are highly qualified to give you the smile you deserve.
What Does a Periodontist Do?
Periodontists are highly trained in treating gum disease. Scaling and root planing are some of the first techniques they will implement, using hand-held instruments to clean the surface of the root. Lasers and antimicrobial medications are also occasionally used. If gum disease persists, a periodontist can perform minor gum surgery to encourage healthy gum tissue to reattach to the bone. Should a patient have severe gum disease, they will likely suffer from tissue damage in the jaw that leads to tooth loss.
Bone grafts, tissue stimulation, and gum grafts are a few procedures periodontists use to give patients a happy, healthy smile. Bone implants are an additional procedure many periodontists will perform, which places a prosthetic tooth for a natural-looking solution to severe tooth problems.
When Should I See a Periodontist?
If you are looking for a periodontist, it’s important that you make an appointment soon. If you think you might need to see a periodontist, call your dentist for recommendations. Periodontists can treat gum disease, correct gum recession, remove excess gum tissue, and much more. You can always see a periodontist for a second opinion, but the best approach is to find a periodontist that will work in partnership with your regular dentist. Luckily, we have both here at Lane and Associates!
Does Lane & Associates Have Periodontists?
We do! We have several periodontists who are ready to help you get the smile you’ve been dreaming of. With over twenty-five locations throughout North Carolina, many of which are in the Triangle (three are in Cary!), we’re right down the road and offer easy scheduling to fit your busy schedule.
Through top-of-the-line technology and the latest best practices, our team of highly trained experts can help you with all of your dental needs. Contact us today or call us at 877-526-3337 to learn more about our practice, check your insurance coverage, or schedule an appointment. At Lane & Associates, we love to make you smile. Let us give you the confidence you want and the smile you deserve!