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6633 Forest Hill Blvd
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6633 Forest Hill Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33413

Periodontics in West Palm Beach

South Florida Sedation Dentistry provides periodontal services in West Palm Beach, Florida. Call 561-967-2001 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What is Periodontics?

Periodontics refers to treatments and procedures that restore and maintain the health of your gums and the support structures for your teeth. Gum disease is the most common condition affecting the gums. It occurs when plaque builds up on your teeth and the bacteria contained in the plaque infects your gum tissue. Periodontal procedures can treat and help prevent gum disease, in addition to preventing tooth loss.

Benefits of Periodontal Care

Periodontal care provides many benefits:

  • Treat and prevent gum disease. Periodontal treatments and procedures can treat gum disease and prevent it from recurring. This eliminates the symptoms such as pain and bleeding gums.
  • Improve structural support for the teeth. Healthy gums help your teeth stay securely in place in your mouth. Untreated gum disease can cause bone loss. Resulting in teeth loosening as the supporting structures break down. By treating gum disease, this will allow the gums to heal and preserve the supporting bone structure.
  • Freshen your breath. Poor gum health can cause bad breath due to bacterial infection and abscesses that form. Periodontal treatment can eliminate bad breath.
  • Enhance your smile. Your smile is not just about your teeth. The healthy appearance, position and shape of your gum line is a huge contributor to the smile you display. There are periodontal procedures to make your smile look better by correcting your gum tissue.

Procedures Offered

We provide the following periodontal procedures:

Scaling and root planing. When gum disease is present, the first steps in treatment typically include scaling and root planing. Scaling is the process of removing plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. The next step is root planing, to smooth out the surface of the roots, to yield a clean surface on your roots to hopefully get your gums to reattach to your teeth.

Osseous (flap) surgery. In some cases it is necessary to gain full access to the teeth below the gums. Osseous surgery allows the dentist to remove plaque and calculus from the entire tooth and to reestablish the parabolic bony architecture that is lost from advanced gum disease.

Gum grafting. There are many factors that make gum tissue recede, or slide down the roots of your teeth. This loss of tissue height may be replaced with a gum grafting procedure. Donor tissue for tissue grafts, depending on the corrective procedure, can come from the available tissue in your mouth or from a tissue bank.

Soft Tissue Recontouring. If you have excess gum tissue covering your teeth, it can give you a “gummy” smile and also put you at a higher risk of developing gum disease. Soft tissue recontouring removes and reshapes the gum tissue to improve your smile and your gum health.

Periodontal maintenance. Once gum disease has been treated, periodontal maintenance can prevent it from recurring. Periodontal maintenance consists of more frequent visits to the hygienist for plaque control procedures.

Are You a Good Candidate for Periodontics?

If you have gum disease that is untreated or that keeps coming back after treatment, you may need periodontal services. For most patients, regular brushing and flossing combined with preventive care from a dentist is enough to keep gum disease at bay. But for some, additional treatment is required.

Scaling and Root Planing

About Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. If diagnosed and treated in its early stages, the condition can be reversed and tooth loss can usually be prevented.

Why Choose South Florida Sedation Dentistry?

Many people have untreated gum disease due to anxiety or fear of the dentist. South Florida Sedation Dentistry understands this, which is why we provide a variety of sedation options for patients to relax and get the care they need without stress. Our compassionate dental team will put you at ease without judgment, providing gentle care in a comfortable environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Many patients who have gum disease are not aware that they have it. Common symptoms include gums that are red, swollen, or bleeding. Severe gum disease can cause bad breath, loose teeth, and even result in tooth loss over time.

Is anesthesia required for periodontal procedures?

In some cases, aesthesia may be required for periodontal procedures. It depends on the invasiveness of the procedure. We will discuss your needs and your preferences before your procedure to determine what type of anesthesia or sedation would be best.

How often should periodontal maintenance take place?

We recommend a periodontal maintenance schedule based on your individual needs. You may need hygiene every month, every other month, or quarterly depending on how quickly plaque forms on your teeth. The frequency may change over time based on your needs.

How can I reduce my risk of developing gum disease?

By brushing your teeth well twice a day, flossing once a day, and going to the dentist every 3-6 months for hygiene and exams, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing gum disease. The ultimate goal is to remove as much plaque as possible from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film made of food residue and bacteria that clings to the teeth. The bacteria contained in plaque can eventually infect the gum tissue if it is not removed.

To learn more about periodontics, call 561-967-2001 or contact us to schedule an appointment.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

South Florida Sedation Dentistry
6633 Forest Hill Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33413
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