Periodontics FAQs

Whom should I see for a gum treatment?

Periodontist is a dental specialist who is trained extensively in treating dental diseases related to gums and supporting tissues of teeth. Periodontist performs scaling, root planing, curettage, bone graft and flap surgeries. One should see a periodontist to get their gum diseases treated.

Is deep cleaning painful?

Deep cleaning may require administration of local anesthesia to alleviate pain. Mild sensitivity may be experienced by the patients which subsides slowly. Few patients may experience mild bleeding which can be ignored.

Is deep cleaning really required?

Depending on the status of your oral hygiene and severity of the disease, periodontist will suggest appropriate treatment plan. Deep cleaning removes deposits from deeper inaccessible areas, suppresses the number of pathogenic microflora and tightens the gums by establishing the attachment.

How long does a flap surgery take?

Flap surgery may take more than one appointment depending on the severity of the condition. Each appointment may last for one to two hours. You can get back to your routine after the treatment provided stress is only minimal.

Why are my gums receding?

Poor oral hygiene leads to increased plaque and tartar deposition between your gum and the teeth. This leads to attachment loss of your teeth and gums start receding. The other reason might be vigorous tooth brushing or use of hard bristles when dental hygiene might otherwise be good. Aging also causes gums to draw back. Ultimately teeth fall out when they do not have enough gums to hold the tooth roots in place.

Can receding gums be treated?

Receded gums do not grow back unlike other tissues. They surely reattach tightly to the teeth after gum treatment. A gum graft may be necessary to treat gum diseases. This protects your gums and teeth from further damage. Gum graft may also be necessary to improve the appearance of your smile. a gum graft will be healed in one to two weeks, you should be able to brush and floss again.

Are LANAP and Flap Surgery same?

LANAP or Laser assisted new attachment procedure is an advanced treatment option to treat the Periodontal Disease. With the use of LANAP, a better prognosis and reattachment of the surrounding tissues is assured. It is different from the conventional flap surgery in a way that it is performed using lasers but it can be considered as the advancement of conventional flap surgery.

Can loose teeth be tightened?

Teeth become loose most commonly due to gum and periodontal diseases. Teeth can be made tightened by performing deep cleaning or flap surgery based on the level of disease condition. This can reverse the condition to some extent. Teeth that have become loose accidentally can be made immobile by appliances like splints.

What are endoperio lesions?

Endo perio lesions are characterized by association of pulpal and periodontal lesions in the same tooth. This condition requires taking complete dental history and investigations to establish right cause of the condition. This helps in successful treatment and good prognosis. Endo perio lesions are treated by performing endodontic treatment followed by periodontal therapy. If the condition is too severe, the dentist may suggest extraction of the tooth.

How is periodontal abscess treated?

Periodontal or gum abscess is a collection of pus in the pockets or gums. This condition has accumulation of bacteria which left untreated can be life threating. It is represented by swelling or pain or redness in the gums. This condition is treated by antibiotics, drainage of pus and periodontal therapy.

Is flap surgery a permanent solution?

Periodontal Flap surgery helps in controlling the disease and prevents further progression of the already existing disease. Periodontal disease has no permanent cure. You may be still be affected by the periodontal disease if you do not maintain oral hygiene and a regular follow-up checkups by your dentist every 6 months.

Can gummy smile be corrected?

Gummy smile can be corrected by knowing the right cause of the condition as it can be a combination of more than one factor. Treatment options include orthodontic correction, surgical intervention, crown lengthening and Botox injections. Correct diagnosis is the key to solve any complex cosmetic problem.