Periodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the inflammatory disease that can cause damage to the gums as well as to other structures around the teeth. A dentist specializing in periodontal treatments, such as Dr. MacConnell, strives to prevent gum disease and treat it when it appears.
Our dentist has received immense training and education in this specialty. Our team keeps up with the latest in the field for preventing, diagnosing, and treating this type of problem.
The Basics of Gum Disease
Gum disease may begin with mild gingivitis and progress to serious periodontitis. When you get an infection in the tissues around the teeth, those tissues become inflamed. This inflammation is often caused by bacteria forming plaque below the gum line, leading to swollen gums and sometimes separation of the gums from the teeth.
It’s important to get treatment for gingivitis and to practice good oral hygiene. Be sure to brush your teeth and use mouthwash to kill germs as well as get your six-month checkups.
When your gum disease passes beyond this stage, you can develop periodontitis. This is often when patients need to undergo periodontic treatments. A dental exam is required to figure out which types of treatment are needed to restore good oral health.
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
Some patients need non-surgical treatments for their gum disease, and others need surgical treatments. When a patient has serious gum disease, surgical treatments are more likely to be needed.
Dr. MacConnell offers several gum disease treatments, including scaling and root planing. He can remove highly damaged gum tissue and reverse the loss of tissue and bone by performing gum grafts and bone grafts. Periodontics also includes placing dental implants, repairing them, and maintaining them. These specialists also help manage conditions like oral inflammation that can lead to problems with gum disease.
Skilled Periodontic Care in Kingsport and Bluff City
At the Center for Family & Implant Dentistry, we use the latest in periodontal technology to treat gum disease at any level. If you notice gum inflammation, make sure that you discuss this with Dr. MacConnell at your next dental exam appointment. Call our office to make your appointment for your dental check-up and deep cleaning.