Your gums are the framework for a picture-perfect smile. Periodontics focuses on the health and treatment of gums and bones, working to correct and prevent damage caused by gingivitis, periodontitis or other gum diseases.
Dr. Mark Pakan is a periodontist who has received 3 additional years of extensive training beyond dental school. He specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease as well as the placement of dental implants, and he is also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.
In the first visit, Dr. Pakan examine the gums, checks to see if there is any gum line recession, assesses how the teeth fit together when biting, and checks the teeth to see if any are loose.
The periodontist will also take a small measuring instrument called a probe and place it between the teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets. This helps the periodontist assess the health of the gums. X-rays will also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line.
Untreated gingivitis, the mildest form of periodontal disease, can advance to periodontitis and eventually lead to tooth loss and other health problems.