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.
GUM DISEASE RISK FACTORS
- SMOKING/TOBACCO USE
- CLENCHING OR GRINDING YOUR TEETH
- OTHER SYSTEMIC DISEASES
- POOR NUTRITION
TREATMENTS FOR GUM PROBLEMS
- ROOT PLANING AND SCALING
- GUM GRAFT SURGERY
- GUM SURGERY
- DENTAL CROWN LENGTHENING PROCEDURE
- DENTAL IMPLANTS
- SINUS AUGMENTATION
- RIDGE MODIFICATION
- PERIODONTAL POCKET REDUCTION PROCEDURES
- GUMMY SMILE OR UNEVEN GUM SMILE
- LONG TEETH/EXPOSE ROOTS
- INDENTATION IN THE GUMS AND JAWBONE
PREVENTING PERIODONTAL DISEASE