What is Periodontics?
Periodontics refers to the dental specialty that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. Better known as gum disease, this condition affects the gums and jawbone. The soft gum tissues surround and support the teeth and the underlying jawbone anchors teeth firmly in place. Periodontists have completed several years of extra dental training and are concerned with maintaining the function, health, and aesthetics of the hard and soft tissues in your mouth and jaw.
Dr. Brian Gurinsky provides top-quality periodontal services in Denver and Centennial to help patients keep the foundation of their smiles healthy.
Reasons for periodontal treatment
Periodontal disease is a progressive condition which begins with mild gum inflammation called gingivitis. This early form of gum disease can progress quickly if not addressed promptly. Periodontitis (advanced gum disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss and should be taken seriously. Periodontal disease is typically signified by red, swollen, painful, or bleeding gums, but in some cases can only be detected by a dentist or periodontist. The disease generally begins when oral bacteria accumulate and cause an infection in gums, leading to irritation and discomfort. Eventually, this infection will cause the jawbone to recede and teeth will become loose.
Besides diagnosing and treating gum disease, the field of periodontics offers cosmetic and functional services. An uneven gum line or "gummy smile" can be contoured for a more balanced smile, or reshaped to prepare for a crown. Children born with lip or tongue-tie can receive relief with a frenectomy.
Dr. Gurinsky uses an advanced soft-tissue laser - PerioLase - to recontour gum lines and perform frenectomies efficiently and non-invasively. Our Denver periodontist and can also treat canker sores and soft-tissue tags in the mouth.
As a periodontal specialist, Dr. Gurinsksy also places dental implants in Denver for complete tooth replacement. He can coordinate care with a prosthodontist for patients who are interested in receiving implants to support a single replacement tooth up to full arches of missing teeth.
The Core of Periodontal Care
In the case of mild/moderate periodontal problems, the focus of the periodontist will be on curing the underlying bacterial infection and then providing advice on the most appropriate home cleaning methods.
Sometimes a deep scaling (cleaning) is needed to remove the bacterial plaque and calculus (tartar) from the teeth and below the gum line. If periodontal disease has advanced and the jawbone has regressed significantly, more intensive cleaning may be recommended and loose teeth that cannot be saved will be removed.
Because periodontal disease is progressive, it is essential to remove the bacteria and calculus build up to halt the spread of the infection. If you have signs of early or progressive gum disease, call our Denver and Centennial periodontal specialist, Dr. Brian Gurinsky without delay. We are here to save your smile!
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