There are many different types of specialty dentists and doctors. Many general dentists will give patients a referral and simply connect them with that specialist, leaving the rest up to the referred to dentist to then take care of. That leaves the patient to research the specialist on their own, with little or no guidance. However, at Dental Specialists of Niles we believe in giving our patients all of the guidance, support and intelligence they need to receive the very best care. Our specialists are at one location, thereby enabling us to carry through with one overall treatment plan, start to finish.
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.
Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.
During the first visit, the periodontist usually reviews the patient’s complete medical and dental histories. It is extremely important for the periodontist to know if any medications are being taken or if the patient is being treated for any condition that can affect periodontal care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.
The periodontist examines 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 may also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line.
Who Should See a Periodontist?
Some patients’ periodontal needs can be managed by the general dentist. However, as more and more patients are exhibiting signs of periodontal disease, coupled with research that suggests a relationship between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases of aging, periodontal treatment may necessitate a greater understanding and increased level of expertise by a trained specialist. Patients who present with moderate or severe levels of periodontal disease, or patients with more complex cases, will be best managed by a partnership between the dentist and periodontist.
Prosthodontics are one of the many services which Dental Specialists of Niles provide to their patients. The definition of prosthodontics are the study of natural tooth repair, as well as solutions to replace missing teeth. The doctor utilizes dentures (or prosthetic teeth), caps (made of ceramic material) to replace missing teeth in the most natural way possible. Prosthodontists are also specialists in the placement of crowns, bridges and dentures dental implants.
The basic function of prosthodontics are the replacement of anything within the oral cavity. They are experts in restoration and repair and receive extensive additional training (through an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program). In addition to changing the aesthetics of your smile, prosthodontists can also help with ailments such as TMJ, jaw issues, facial injuries, sleep disorders and congenital deformities of the mouth. They also specialize in a process often referred to as a “smile makeover”, in which crowns, implants, dentures or bridges are placed. In addition to improving your appearance, they will also allow you to live a more functional life, by enjoying foods and activities you may not have otherwise been able to.
Prosthodontists also receive intricate training in jaw and joint abnormalities and congenital or birth anomalies to teeth or gums. Additionally, they often treat patients who suffer from severe snoring, sleep disorders, and oral cancer. Prosthodontists are ultimately recognized as masters of total oral rehabilitation.
Endodontics What does Endodontics mean? Endodontics is derived from the Greek: endo comes from roots which came from “inside”. Dontics comes from “tooth”. An endodontist can help to save your teeth in various ways. Mainly through the practice of root canal which will eliminate diseased nerves that generate pain through your mouth. Besides root canal there are various treatments which an endodontist is skilled in that can save otherwise hopeless teeth.
At Dental Specialists Of Niles our experienced team of dental specialists bring a high level of expertise and technology with two to three extra years of university training in advanced, specialized and cosmetic and dental implant dentistry beyond dental school. We provide you predictable and exceptional results because our team of dental specialists collaborate efficiently on all aspects of your care together at one location.
From Complete Cosmetic Dental Care to professional dental cleanings, our experienced and caring staff are ready to listen to your needs and provide you the most rewarding dental experience possible.
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