Dr. Ann Kania Explains the Science of Periodontics

healthy gumsPeriodontics is a dental specialty that involves preventing, diagnosing, and treating all forms of periodontal disease, as well as placing and repairing dental implants. More than a general dentist, a periodontist must undergo an additional three or more years of school beyond dental school and receive extensive training in periodontal-related areas. As a result, your Encinitas periodontist is specially trained to address the most problematic periodontal cases and help you maintain your new or dental implant-supported smile.

Foundational Care

Periodontal (gum) disease attacks the gums and jawbone that support your teeth. The first stage of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, describes a bacterial infection that is often sparked by dental plaque buildup. Plaque consists of myriad oral bacteria, some of which target your gums and the tissues that connect them to your teeth.  If inflammation is left untreated, periodontitis (gum disease resulting in bone loss) may result. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can help Dr. Kania detect and treat periodontal disease early using a variety of innovative treatments, such as laser-assisted periodontal therapy.

Expert Diagnostics for Dental Implants

When allowed to run rampant, periodontal disease can erode your gums and jawbone enough to leave your teeth without adequate support. Consequently, severe periodontitis is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S. today. Aside from ridding your mouth of the disease, preserving your oral health requires replacing lost teeth with one or more dental implants. As an expert in your smile’s foundational health and integrity, your Encinitas periodontist also help can determine if you’re eligible for dental implants after suffering tooth loss. Using advanced diagnostic tools, like digital X-rays and a CT scan, Dr. Kania can thoroughly examine your periodontal tissue for traces of disease and your jawbone to ensure that it’s structurally sufficient to support dental implants.

Seek the Expertise of Your Encinitas Periodontist

To learn more about the science of periodontics, or to seek the expertise of your Encinitas periodontist, contact Dr. Kania by calling our office at (760) 642-0711. Located in the 92024 area, we proudly serve patients from Encinitas, San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, La Costa, and the neighboring communities.