Periodontics is the field of dentistry that involves the gums and soft tissue. Because gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and occurs in nearly half of all adults, periodontal treatment often involves diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Periodontal treatment is critical for improving the look and feel of your entire mouth. This type of treatment can be needed regardless of age, and is crucial to improving your oral health.
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Most often, periodontics is needed when you have gum disease. There are a variety of gum disease treatments available, such as a scaling and root planing, laser therapy as well as the use of clear aligners that can help to deliver medication deep below the gum line. Periodontics may even be needed for other procedures, such as gum recession and the insertion of dental implants.
We can examine your teeth and gums to determine if periodontal treatment is right for you. Using a small probe, we are able to measure the small pockets around the teeth. If these pockets are very deep, we may recommend that you begin periodontal disease, or gum disease, treatment. With early treatment, you are able to put an end to gum disease and the tooth loss that often comes with it.
For periodontal disease treatment, we will typically examine the gums to determine the level of disease and the best course of treatment. For gingivitis, you can prevent progression of the condition with proper oral hygiene habits at home. This includes proper brushing, daily flossing and regular trips into the office for a professional dental cleaning. For patients who already have gum disease, there are many treatment options available up to and including surgery. Other periodontal procedures include implants and soft tissue grafting as a way to enhance and improve your smile.
If you would like to come into the office for periodontal treatment, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.
Dr. Niels Jensen went to BYU for his bachelor’s degree majoring in psychology, afterward he completed his DMD degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. He then went on to do his residency for Periodontics at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Jensen is a board certified periodontist and is also licensed to provide IV conscious sedation to make his patients as comfortable as possible.
Dr. Peterson studied Biology at Arizona State University. He obtained his DMD and Masters in Oral Biology from Temple University School of Dentistry. He also received a full fellowship from the Misch International Implant Institute, and Diplomate status with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is also a proud member of Arizona Dental Association, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and the American Academy of Peridontology.
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