Periodontist in Arlington, MA

  • Periodontist in Arlington, MA

Periodontic is an infection of the structure around the teeth, most commonly the gums. If not treated, the infection can spread and eventually lead to significant bone loss and tooth loss. Arlington Dental supports your oral health even in advanced stages of periodontal disease.

Some common procedures covered under gum disease treatment include

  • Scaling and root planing (dental cleaning)
  • Gum surgery
  • Crown lengthening
  • Dental implants and
  • Gum and bone grafts

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, which affects gums and the supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontists receive additional training beyond dental school, specifically focusing on the management of conditions such as gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (advanced gum disease). Dr. Dempsey here in Arlington, Ma received his periodontics training from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Dempsey and our staff at Arlington, Ma will take care of all of your periodontal needs.

Periodontists are experts in various procedures related to the gums and supporting structures, including scaling and root planning (a deep cleaning method), gum grafts, dental implants, and other surgical interventions to address simple and severe cases of periodontal disease.

  • Scaling and root planning: Deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline. The periodontist, dentist or hygienist at Arlington Smiles in Arlington, MA uses specialized instruments to remove plaque and tartar (calculus) from the surfaces of the teeth, both above and below the gumline. This process eliminates the buildup of bacteria, plaque, and calculus that contribute to gum inflammation and disease.
    After scaling, the periodontist, dentist or hygienist performs root planning, which involves smoothing the rough areas on the roots of the teeth. This helps to remove bacteria and prevent bacteria from reattaching to the roots, promoting healing of the gum tissue and preventing further progression of gum disease.
  • Gum grafting: A procedure to repair receding gums by transplanting tissue from another area of the mouth and will help restore gum health and protect the teeth from potential damage from exposed gums. Gum grafting is typically recommended for individuals with gum recession, where the gum tissue has pulled away from the tooth, exposing the tooth root. Gum recession can lead to sensitivity, increased risk of tooth decay, and compromised aesthetics.
  • Pocket reduction surgery: Surgical procedure to remove bacteria and reduce the pocket depth between the gums and teeth.
  • Dental implant placement: Surgical placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth.
  • Bone grafting: Procedure to regenerate bone tissue in areas where bone loss has occurred, often in preparation for dental implant placement.

Periodontist work closely with general dentists and other specialists within dentistry to ensure comprehensive oral health care which is our aim here at Arlington Smiles in Arlington, Ma.

Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene are needed for preventing and managing periodontal diseases. If you have concerns about your gums or suspect you may have gum disease, consulting with our periodontist at Arlington Smiles can help in diagnosis and developing an appropriate treatment plan.

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