A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the care of the gums in order to diagnose periodontal disease, treat it, and help patients prevent it.
Periodontists are concerned with the structures around the teeth, including bones and ligaments. They undergo extensive training, which includes three years of schooling after dental school, to provide patients with the best care possible.
As gum health is essential to overall good oral health, many patients will require a periodontist’s services at some point. Here are three major services a periodontist offers.
Localized Antibiotic Treatment
Infection in the gums is a major threat to one’s oral health and can cause tooth, bone, and tissue loss, so battling infection is one of the top priorities for a periodontist.
To rid the gums of infection, they frequently combine therapeutic scaling and planing treatment with a prescription for an antibiotic. Together, these treatments can eliminate harmful infections.
Preventive Cleanings and Therapeutic Cleanings
Preventive cleanings a couple times a year at the dentist is essential to maintain your oral health.
However, for heavy tartar deposits which can result from not going to the dentist, our dentists recommend therapeutic cleanings or deep therapeutic cleanings. We can determine if this gum disease treatment is right for you!
About every 3-4 months we recommend a periodontal maintenance appointment for any patient who has a history of periodontal surgery or scaling. This allows us to monitor your condition and prevent further problems before they occur.
Irrigation, scaling, and cleaning will be performed during this appointment.
Using effective treatments and possessing a high level of concern for each patient, our doctors improve patients’ oral health dramatically. Patients can visit Babylon Dental Care for their general, preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental needs.
If you are searching for a new dentist on the South Shore of Long Island in or around the West Babylon or Patchogue areas, please give our practice nearest you a call today! We have two locations (Babylon Dental Care at Great South Bay and Babylon Dental Care at Gateway Plaza) and would love to meet you and your family