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Learning about periodontics from a dentist in Longview

Modern dental medicine doesn't just focus on teeth. Yes, teeth are a major part of the dental practice, but focusing on teeth alone doesn't actually get to the 'root' of the problem. To care for the structures that support the teeth, the dentist must know and understand the concept and practice of periodontics.

The word, 'periodontic', literally means “around the tooth.” Therefore, the word itself actually tells you a lot about what it is. A dentist who specializes in periodontics is certified to provide the following treatments and procedures that involved tooth support structures.

  • Root canals
  • Gum disease (gingivitis) treatments
  • Gum tissue removal or reshaping
  • Deep, thorough cleaning
A root canal treatment is an oral surgery during which the dentist removes the inner pulp of the tooth that is infected with bacteria. After removing the pulp, the dentist will disinfect the root canals and fill the empty spaces with a polymer/cement/sealant mixture. There is no pain involved with this procedure because the area is numbed with local anesthetic, there may be some minor soreness for a few days after treatment. Many times a root canal can save the tooth from extraction.

Gum disease treatments are necessary when a patient is diagnosed with periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis; “inflammation of the gingiva (gum tissue).” Gum disease can be prevented by including good oral care into your routine. Brush at least 3 times per day, usually after meals, floss twice per day, and keep regularly scheduled visits (every six months) with your dentist. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, and even systemic infections that involve the entire body.

Sometimes, when traditional in-home oral cleanings aren't enough, visiting the periodontist for a thorough deep cleaning of the gums and teeth can be the best bet for preventing gum disease and its consequences.

Periodontics is a dental specialty that requires years of education, training, and practical experience. You can learn more about the dental procedures and treatments involved in periodontics by contacting a dentist in Longview who has the knowledge to answer your questions. Dr. Karen Frazer Rea, Dr. F. Dee Rea, and their highly qualified staff are ready and able to answer your questions and schedule your free initial consultation.
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