Periodontist Dentist in Jackson MS

Periodontist in Jackson MS

A Periodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of oral inflammation, periodontal diseases, and dental implants procedure. To become a periodontist, a dentist needs to undergo three more years of extensive training and be familiar with the latest techniques for treating and diagnosing periodontal disease and perform intricate cosmetic periodontal procedures.

Periodontal disease is not something that we should take very lightly. It can cause tooth and bone loss that can affect not only how we eat but also how we look and speak.

The more dangerous downside to this disease is that it can:

  • Put pregnant women at a high risk of premature labor and low birth-weight babies.
  • Put anyone at risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Increase blood sugar levels, thus posing serious complications in diabetic patients.
  • Worsen conditions such as emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pneumonia.
  • Weaken the immune system, making it hard for the body to fight diseases.

When should you go to a periodontist in Jackson MS?

The usual routine for most patients is a consultation with their regular dentist first. Then, it is the dentist who will determine if a consultation with a periodontist is necessary.

One of the very first and crucial signs that you need to consult a periodontist instead of your regular dentist is bleeding gums. If your gums bleed after brushing or flossing your teeth, or even just from chewing regular food, you may be suffering from periodontal disease. It is not, and will never be, normal for your gums to bleed spontaneously.

You should expect your periodontist in Jackson MS to prescribe medications such as antibiotics to treat the infection and advise you to undergo a dental procedure, such as deep pocket cleaning, root planing, soft tissue removal, or hard tissue recontouring.

How is gum disease treated?

In the early stages of periodontal disease, non-surgical procedures like root scaling and planing combined with oral antibiotics may be enough to remove the infected tissue and promote the growth of new tissue.

In the advanced stages of periodontal disease, the following surgical procedures may be performed:

  1. Flap or pocket reduction surgery. Your periodontist will make small incisions in your gum, a section of the gum tissue will be lifted, exposing the roots for more effective scaling and root planing.
  2. Soft tissue grafts. A small amount of tissue is obtained, either from the roof of your mouth or from another source, and attached to the affected site.
  3. Bone grafting. In this procedure, small fragments of either your own bone, synthetic bone, or donated bone are attached to the affected area.
  4. Guided tissue regeneration. Your periodontist will place a special piece of fabric between existing bone and your tooth. The biocompatible material will allow the bone to grow back.
  5. Tissue-stimulating proteins. This technique involves applying a special gel that contains the same proteins found in developing tooth enamel to a diseased tooth root.
  6. Laser periodontal therapy. This new minimally-invasive method allows your periodontist to treat gum disease with less bleeding and shorter operating and recovery time.
  7. Dental implants. These are replacement roots that provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth.

Good Oral Health

Periodontics and implantology plus our skills and expertise can go hand in hand in helping our patients maintain their oral health. Our goal is to operate on the principle of conservative treatment, employing surgical procedures only when it is absolutely necessary.

While some periodontal needs can be taken care of by a general dentist, patients exhibiting signs of having a periodontal disease should consult a specialist of the disease to avoid more complications and to assure treatment. Call us any time for appointments or any inquiries about our periodontist in Jackson MS.

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