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Periodontics Dentistry in Urbandale, Iowa

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Periodontics Dentistry Urbandale

Periodontics focuses on the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth, as well as preventing inflammation of the gums. Our general dentist and hygiene team work to help prevent periodontal diseases while offering you education and providing treatment for gum diseases such as deep cleanings called scaling and root planing. A range of procedures are available for gum treatment, some of which are:

  • Checking for receeding gum lines
  • Checking if teeth are loose due to bone loss caused by periodontal issues
  • Measuring the pocket depth around each tooth
  • Laser treatments
  • Regenerative procedures

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Most Frequently Asked General Dentistry Questions

What is periodontics dentistry?

Periodontics is a specific dentistry that focuses on investigating and treating the soft tissue and bone supporting your teeth and jaw. A periodontist is a professional dentist who has advanced training in this field. Periodontists concentrate on preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal or gum disease, and in placing dental implants.

What procedures does a periodontist perform?

Periodontists offer a broad range of treatments, including scaling and root planing, dead tissue removal from the gum root, and regenerative bone procedures. If required, periodontists can also perform surgical procedures for patients with severe gum disease. Also, periodontists are trained in providing dental implant treatments.

What is the leading cause of periodontal disease?

Gum disease is usually caused by plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on gums and teeth. Most plaque cannot be eliminated through regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing. The buildup of plaque can eventually lead to the development of periodontitis or periodontal disease.

Is gum disease contagious?

Studies have shown that periodontal disease results from the inflammatory reaction to bacteria beneath the gums. Therefore, periodontal disease technically may not be contagious. However, the bacteria that produce the inflammatory reaction can be transported through saliva.

What is the best treatment for gum disease?

Periodontal disease is both treatable and preventable. The best treatment for you will be chosen by your periodontist, depending on your oral health needs. Some options include:

  • Surgery of the gums
  • Deep cleaning by a periodontist
  • Prescription of certain tablets, mouthwash, or gels
  • Dental implants
  • Periodontal therapy
  • Using toothpaste, toothbrushes, and mouthwashes, specifically made for gum disease