Periodontist Las Vegas
For the most part, people visit a general dentist for treatment of dental problems like a toothache, a broken tooth or for scaling and advanced cleaning. However, if you start developing gum problems, We at LV Smile Center, you Las Vegas Periodontist are the right team for the job. Periodontists are trained in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases that affect the gum and supporting structures. They are tasked with identifying gum disease in early stages and treating cases of severe gum disease (periodontitis). A periodontist can also place dental implants although you have to inquire about their level of experience in placing implants.
Here’s is how you know if you need to visit a periodontist;
Reasons to visit a periodontist
Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss worldwide? Gum disease is hard to discover because symptoms like loose teeth and pain in the gums occur in later stages. If your gums start becoming red and swollen, it could be a sign of gum disease. Bacteria gathered along the gum line cause the gum tissue to recede, and swollen or bleeding gums are a telltale sign of early-stage gum disease. The receding tissue creates deep crevices between teeth and gums; another sign that you need to visit a periodontist. Tooth sensitivity is a telltale sign since the exposed root is more sensitive to temperature changes. Poor gum health is also characterized by pain when eating and a change in the normal alignment that affects your bite pattern. Bad breath or a terrible taste in the mouth can hint at bacteria buildup in the gums. Loose teeth are yet another sign that you should pay your periodontist Las Vegas a visit.
Risk factors for gum disease
Apart from poor oral hygiene habits like not brushing your teeth or flossing, there are a number of risk factors that exacerbate bacterial infection of the gums. A family history of the periodontal disease is one of the risk factors. Scientific studies show that people whose direct relations (grandparents, parents or siblings) have gum disease are predisposed to the ailment. Such people should pay a visit to the periodontist. Also, people who smoke or used to smoke are at a disadvantage since smoking cuts off air circulation to the gums. The gums are therefore less equipped to fight off bacterial infection making it easier for the bacteria to accumulate. Diabetes is another risk factor because people with diabetes have higher sugar levels in their saliva. Bacteria that cause gum disease thrive in high sugar environments making diabetic people more prone to infection. Also, just like smokers, air circulation to the gums is hindered and reduces the ability to fight off the bacterial infection.
Evaluation and treatment of Periodontic Disease
When the periodontist discovers signs of gum disease, they will remove hardened tartar and dental plaque. This procedure coupled with a maintenance program is enough to treat gum disease in the early stages. If the gum disease is in advanced stages, minor surgery can be performed. A flap of gum tissue is opened to allow the periodontist to remove infected tissue beneath the gum. When the jaw bone tissue is affected, more dire treatment is performed, e.g., bone and gum grafting and/ or gum tissue stimulation to prevent tooth loss.
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