Ways a Periodontist Could Help You
April 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Periodontist  

Could you benefit from a visit to the periodontist? Albuquerque, NM, periodontist Dr. Petra Mayer provides treatment options for issues periodontal diseaserelating to your periodontal health.

Scaling and root planing

Gum disease can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, ranging from bad breath to receding gums to loss of your teeth. Scaling and root planing deep cleans your teeth and reduces bacteria and toxins that damage and infect the gums. During the procedure, dental instruments are used to remove plaque and tartar from teeth above and below the gum line. Root surfaces are also smoothed to prevent bacteria from sticking to them in the future.

Flap surgery

Flap surgery may be needed if gum disease is severe. The surgery eliminates pockets, deep spaces that form around the gums. Bacteria reproduce rapidly in pockets and can damage gum tissue, bone and ligaments.

Loose teeth treatment

Teeth can become loose if you have gum disease or grind or clench your teeth. Several treatments are used to address the condition, including reshaping tooth enamel to reduce stress on loose teeth, adding splints for support, or providing a custom-made nightguard to prevent stress on teeth due to grinding or clenching.

Dental implants

Dental implants offer a long-lasting restoration option if you've lost teeth. The titanium implants are added to your jaw during a minor procedure in our Albuquerque office. As soon as the dental implants bond to your jawbone, lifelike dental crowns are added, completing the restoration of your teeth. If your jawbone has shrunk, a common complication of tooth loss, you may need bone grafts before you can replace your missing tooth with an implant.

Tooth extraction

It may be necessary to remove teeth if they're decayed or damaged or if you're orthodontist recommends extraction of a few teeth to reduce crowding.

Whether you have gum disease, want to replace a lost tooth or would like to improve the appearance of your gums, a periodontist can help you improve your smile. Call Albuquerque, NM, periodontist Dr. Petra Mayer at (505) 881-2400 to schedule your appointment.