Published: 01/14/2019

Do you know what a periodontist does? A periodontist is a specialist who focuses on the health of gums and bone tissue. After they complete their education in general dentistry, they receive an additional three years of training in the prevention and treatment of gum disease and implant dentistry. While their purview is much wider than gum disease and tooth loss, these are the most common reasons to visit a periodontist in Rockville, MD.

5 Reasons Patients Visit a Periodontist

  1. Periodontal Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection that slowly destroys your smile and results in chronic inflammation. It will not go away on its own; you will need treatment. Our periodontist can diagnose and treat your infection with antibiotic therapy, deep cleaning, osseous surgery, or laser gum surgery.

  1. Periodontal Maintenance

Once you have gum disease, the risk of reoccurrence is high. Your doctor will recommend deep cleanings at regular intervals to prevent the bacteria from infecting your gum tissue.

  1. Dental Implants

As a specialist, our periodontist has extensive experience and training in implant dentistry. Dental implants require a great deal of precise planning to ensure successful placement and restoration.

  1. Gum Disease-Related Restoration

Periodontal disease can destroy your gum tissue and bone. It can also result in tooth loss. A periodontal specialist can correct gum recession with grafts or the Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™, augment bone volume with grafts, perform sinus lifts, extract hopeless teeth, and restore teeth with dental implants, dentures, or implant supported dentures.

  1. Correcting Gummy Smiles

Aesthetic crown lengthening is a treatment to uncover the tooth surface that hides beneath excess gum tissue. With this method, your doctor can dramatically improve a “gummy smile”. There is also a functional crown lengthening technique that is utilized to access broken or chipped teeth so they can be restored.

Our periodontist can also perform full mouth restoration, or total smile makeovers. For more information about periodontal services, call our office today. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Stephen N. Rice, our respected periodontist in Rockville, MD, with or without a referral.

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