Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, affects almost fifty percent of adults over 30 and increases dramatically as one ages. In fact, Periodontal disease and tooth decay are two of the most pressing threats to dental health. For this reason, we have added an in-house periodontist to our Commonwealth Dentistry team. Curious if you are in need of periodontal care? Keep reading.
What is a Periodontist?
- Specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease
- Specializes in the placement of dental implants.
- Experts in the treatment of oral inflammation
- Specializes in the treatment of gum recession
- Familiar with the latest techniques in the diagnosing and treating periodontal disease
- Trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures
Did you know? Periodontists complete three additional years of training beyond dental school.
There is a strong relationship among periodontal disease and chronic illnesses. Therefore, a deep understanding of the issues that affect patients is often necessary. Patients in need of moderate to severe periodontal work or more complex cases are managed better through a relationship among dentist and periodontist. At Commonwealth Dentistry, we are committed to providing you the best dental care and finding ways to make this easy for you without the hassle of making multiple trips to see a Specialist. For this reason, Commonwealth Dentistry decided to add our very own Periodontist to our team.
Who is the Periodontist Near Me?
Meet our in-house periodontist: Dr. Nicholas Yesbeck. Dr. Yesbeck attended VCU where he received his undergraduate degree, DDS degree, and speciality certificate in periodontics with a Masters of Science in Dentistry. His training concentrated on treating periodontal disease, gum grafting, bone grafting, dental implants, and moderate sedation.
Dr. Yesbeck works closely with our dental team to assess and treat diseases of the gums and replacement of teeth with dental implants. If you have any concerns, please reach out to your local Commonwealth Dentistry team.
What to expect at your appointment?
- Dr. Yesbeck will review your medical and dental history and communicate with your regular dentist to come up with a plan that is tailored to your individual needs
- He will conduct a thorough evaluation of your gums to check for gum disease or infection which includes measurement of your periodontal pockets using a probe that determines the depth of the spaces between the teeth and the gums.
- X-rays help to assess the bone below the gum line.
The unique relationship amongst Dr. Yesbeck and your regular Commonwealth Dentist will ensure that you get the top quality dental care that you have come to know and expect.
- Scaling and Root Planing– deep cleaning of infected root surfaces
- Regenerative Procedures– the reversal of lost bone and tissue. In cases of severe gum disease surgery may be beneficial.
- Gum Grafting Procedures– stop or reverse gum recession
- Tooth Lengthening Procedures– lengthen teeth which appear short when smiling
- Dental Implant Procedures– placement of dental implants, as well as gum, bone, and sinus grafting procedures to make them healthy and long-lasting
- Treatment of Problems with Existing Dental Implants– maintain existing dental implants and to help you avoid problems with them in the future.
Gum Disease or Periodontal Disease, is an infection of the gum line, left untreated severe damage to the tooth and surrounding bone can occur. It is important to recognize that significant health problems can arise if left untreated. By continuing to keep your regularly scheduled dental exams, our team can accurately assess for early signs of gum disease.
What are the stages of Periodontal Disease?
- Gingivitis– This is the first phase and is often reversible if caught early and is caused by a buildup of plaque along the gum line. After stage one, there is no reversing gum disease.
- Slight Periodontal Disease– This stage affects both the bone and the fibers that support the tooth roots. Scaling and root planning are often used to treat to deep clean and treat gum disease in stage two.
- Moderate Periodontal Disease– This stage has deeper periodontal pockets that breed and harbor bacteria. This bacteria aggressively attacks the bones and bloodstream.
- Advanced Periodontal Disease– The final stage is when bacteria significantly deteriorate the bone that supports their teeth. If left untreated, stage four can lead to gaps between the teeth, significant gum recession, the need for dentures, and serious health problems.
Seeking treatment for gum disease early is paramount. Gum disease will continue to worsen if left untreated. Together, with Dr. Yesbeck we will formulate the best possible plan to improve your gum health and avoid reinfection with various gum disease treatments.