Periodontal disease is one of the most common and under-treated dental health issues in America, affecting roughly 75% of adults. It is a chronic inflammation in the teeth, jaw bones and gums, which results in a progressive and persistent destruction of the supporting structures of the teeth. Symptoms of the disease include swollen and bleeding gums, a receding gum line, and loose teeth. If left untreated, these symptoms may progress to tooth loss, chronic bad breath, and various related systemic problems, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and pre-mature births. Though this disease is not entirely preventable (depending on your oral health history and genetics) it can be managed with proper dental hygiene and routine professional cleanings. At Poulos & Somers, we help our perio patients maintain healthy gums and work with them to develop a personalized treatment plan to manage their disease.
At Poulos & Somers, our experts offer specialized care to help patients with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. Our specialists are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures. Whether you suffer from periodontal disease, or you want to improve the appearance of your smile, our nationally recognized periodontists can help!
As periodontal specialists, we offer a wide range of treatments to help our patients achieve optimal dental health. We offer minimally invasive options like pinhole therapy, LANAP laser therapy, and OralDNA to diagnose and treat periodontal issues. We also offer gingival grafting to treat receding gum lines and bring your smile back to full health and confidence. Give us a call today to learn more about our periodontal options.
If you have a receding gum line due to periodontal disease, we offer periodontal plastic surgery to improve the health and appearance of your smile. A soft tissue graft procedure will prevent additional recession and bone loss, helping to develop gum tissue where absent. During this procedure, our specialists will take a small piece of gum tissue either from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This tried and true grafting method offers patients effective, efficient treatment with minimal discomfort.
With laser periodontal therapy (LPT), we are able to treat your periodontal disease in a less invasive manner by using advanced technology. Lasers help preserve gum tissue during your treatment and can result in a faster recovery. The goal of LPT, like other periodontal therapies, is to reverse some of the effects of the disease and to stabilize your condition, helping you to maintain a healthy mouth in the future. With LANAP Laser Periodontal Therapy, your treatment and recovery are as easy as possible.
To ensure that we deliver the best possible treatment, we need to understand what we’re working with. We use OralDNA and their suite of salivary DNA tests to determine if you are at risk for periodontal disease and what the cause of infection is.
MyPerioID® tests, including IL-1 and IL-6, help us identify your genetic susceptibility to periodontal disease due to exaggerated immune response. These tests can help us determine your risk before symptoms appear so we can get ahead of the problem with more personalized and precise treatment.
MyPerioPath® can tell us what type and concentration of disease-causing bacteria is present in your mouth, and also helps us classify your level of risk. This information allows us to create highly personalized treatment plans and helps us prepare patients for what to expect for the future of their oral health.
These simple, non-invasive tests give our experts detailed information that help us create an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
One of the most intriguing solutions in periodontal treatment and care is Periodontal Regenerative Therapy. Periodontal regeneration is defined as the reproduction or reconstruction of lost or injured tissue so that the form and function of the lost structures are restored. By recruiting your own cells to restore the tissue, we can help you heal better and more quickly after treatment. Using your cells is also beneficial in that it allows us to have more predictability in process and procedure.