Many people have questions about periodontics and implant dentistry. We have provided this page of answers to frequently asked questions to help you get the information you need to make decisions about your oral health and treatments. If you have further questions or to make an appointment with our periodontist in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Mark Mangelson, please contact Salt Lake Implants & Periodontics today at 801-266-3519.
Periodontics is the branch of dentistry dealing with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of your gums and supporting bones of your teeth. A periodontist is a dentist that has completed 3 years post graduate training beyond dental school in order to specialize in periodontics.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease is an inflammation and/or pathology associated with gum tissue and loss of bone and gum tissue attachment around the teeth. Periodontal disease is responsible for 75-80% of all adult tooth loss. A periodontist will evaluate and treat these problems so that comprehensive care can be given to your mouth and total health. Many techniques are now available to restore receding gums and bone which may have been lost due to periodontal disease. In addition, dental implant technology may be used to replace missing teeth and provide an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable bite. Periodontal disease begins when the bacteria in the plaque around your teeth produce toxins (or poisons) that irritate the gums, causing infection. These toxins can lead to destruction of the tissue and bone around the teeth. When this happens, the gums separate from the teeth to form a pocket – called a periodontal pocket. As more tissue is destroyed, the pocket gets deeper and the teeth may loosen and eventually fall out.
The following signs and symptoms may give a clue to having gum disease:
One in three adults have periodontal (gum) disease, and most don’t know they have it. Can periodontal disease be successfully treated? The treatment has good prognosis if the disease is caught in the early stages of the process. The more advanced, the more aggressive the treatment plan. Maintaining good oral hygiene and having regular periodontal cleanings is vital to the treatment process.
Periodontal therapy may eliminate the need for other medical and dental treatment. Early intervention will reduce costs. Most periodontal procedures may be covered by dental insurance. Contact your insurance company for questions regarding coverage. Our office can also assist you with financial arrangements tailored to your individual need.