Every person has a unique smile. But the most appealing smiles have three common denominators: straight, white teeth and the proportionate amount of health pink gum tissue that shows them off in their best light. When it comes specifically to your gums, a periodontist is your go-to dental professional.
At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, our team of highly skilled professionals include periodontal specialists who offer the convenience of complete dental care under one roof. We use state-of-the-art knowledge and technology to perform an array of procedures with the utmost care and precision.
Periodontists’ main focuses are the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the gums and the other elements that reinforce the base of teeth. They: recognize and treat the early stages of gum inflammation before it becomes more advanced; perform minor surgery to resolve complicated cases of periodontitis (severe gum disease); graft gums and employ cutting-edge lasers to reinstate the look of a smile; and, when a tooth is beyond saving, place dental implants in the jaw.
During your first exam, he (or she) will check for receding gums, loose teeth and any problems with the alignment of your jaw. He will scope out any possible periodontal pockets by using a small instrument that measures how deep the spaces between your teeth and gums are. The periodontist may also take X-rays to determine the well-being of the bones under your gum line. As with conventional plastic surgeons, periodontists can employ a variety of techniques to reshape soft tissue and, in some cases, reconfigure the jawbone.
Periodontists are also involved in the maintenance of their patients’ gums. Keeping gums healthy and free of disease plays a crucial role in good oral health. And because gum disease is the top reason why adults lose teeth, it’s obvious that gums stay in good physical shape.
At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information about our periodontal services as well as our other dental services, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
By Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, LTD
July 26, 2021
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