Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants.
What is periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a serious infection which causes inflammation around the tooth and damages the bone and soft tissues surrounding and supporting the tooth.
What factors contribute to periodontal disease?
- Hormonal changes in girls/women
- Other illnesses, such as cancer and AIDS
- Some types of medications
- Genetic susceptibility
What are common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?
- Halitosis, or bad breath that won’t go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Loose teeth or sensitive teeth
- Painful chewing
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
What can I do at home to prevent periodontal disease?
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Regularly floss to remove bacteria and plaque from in between teeth
- Visit the dentist routinely, usually 1-2 times per year
- Do not smoke!
Can children be at risk for developing periodontal disease?
Although teenagers rarely develop periodontitis, they can develop gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease. Most commonly, gum disease develops when plaque is allowed to build up along and under the gum line.
Is periodontal disease contagious?
Periodontal disease is caused from the inflammation of bacteria under the gums. This bacteria can possibly be spread by coming into contact with the saliva.
Has periodontal disease been linked to other diseases?
Yes, advanced periodontal disease has been shown to be linked to other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
What is the difference between plaque and calculus?
Plaque is a film of mucus and bacteria deposited on the teeth that encourages the development of dental caries. Calculus, also known as tarter is a hard yellowish deposit on the teeth, consisting of organic secretions and food particles deposited in various salts.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or bridges?
Dental implants have a great advantage over traditional bridgework in that they replace the missing tooth, rather than just spanning over the area. Implants stimulate bone and maintain natural bone support, similar to a natural tooth. One of the greatest advantages of dental implants is that they provide stability and comfort for a wide variety of replacement teeth solutions. Your implant will normally last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Generally any patients in need of a replacement tooth are candidates for dental implant treatment. Dr. Davenport will perform a clinical examination and review x-rays as well as any current medications and consult with your physician if necessary prior to the procedure.
What is implant treatment procedure like?
Generally this is a conservative procedure done in the office using local anesthetic, just as a crown or filling would be done. If the bone support is insufficient, a bone graft may be required in order to create a healthy foundation for the implant.
What can I expect after implant treatment?
The procedure to place the implant is usually one with minimal discomfort. Our patients report that ibuprofen is the medication of choice for any tenderness they experience and they usually return to work the next day.
What can I expect on my first visit?
At your first visit, we do a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth and gums. This appointment also gives you an opportunity to get to know us. During the consultation, the doctor will discuss your treatment needs, and provide all the information you need to make an informed decision.
What are your office hours?
- Monday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
- Tuesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
- Wednesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
- Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
- Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Saturday Closed – Except Emergencies
- Sunday Closed – Except Emergencies