The meaning of the word "periodontal" can be determined by breaking it up into two sections: "peri" means "to surround" and "dontal" pertains to the teeth. Therefore, your periodontist specializes in the treatment of problems with the area around the teeth - in particular the gum tissue. The periodontists at Williston Dental in Williston, VT - Dr. Gabriel Mannarino and Dr. Holly Halliday - work in this branch of dentistry to keep their patients' teeth and gums healthy. Learn more about how periodontists help your smile here.
Also called gum disease, periodontal disease is a progressive problem caused by decay. While teeth sustain cavities in response to the bacteria from plaque formation, the gums respond in a different, but just as predictable way: by becoming swollen, red and tender. Mild gum disease, called gingivitis, is very common; it's estimated that 75% of American adults have it. However, it's when gingivitis is allowed to progress to periodontitis that major problems can develop. Bad breath, bleeding gums and loose or missing teeth are all aspects of this preventable disease. Fortunately, both forms of gum disease are treatable when they are managed by a professional like your Williston periodontists. Deep cleaning sessions, antibiotics and other procedures can stimulate new growth and strengthen the existing gum tissue.
Because the process of placing dental implants is so focused on the gum tissue, periodontists make natural experts for this type of restorative dentistry. Your periodontist knows exactly where to place the implant's post beneath the gums to maximize stability, and will monitor the health of the gum tissue to determine when the rest of the implant - the abutment and crown - can be placed.
You do not need a referral to visit a periodontist. We encourage you to contact Williston Dental in Williston, VT with any questions or concerns you may have about your teeth and gums. Our trained professionals will be happy to help!