We focus on the latest scientific advances in treating gum disease, and offer regenerative and laser periodontal therapy to restore the full health and esthetics of your smile. In addition to these choices, we also offer holistic periodontal treatment to reach your smile’s true potential.
Periodontal disease (also called gum disease) is an inflammation of the tissues and bones that surround your teeth. It is caused by a bacterial infection and, if left untreated, periodontal disease can progress and result in the loss of teeth and bone. Periodontal disease has been linked to many other medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and dementia.
In a recent report in Neurology Advisor, it was reported that periodontitis should be considered a modifiable risk factor for dementia due to its treatability.
Studies have shown links between periodontal (gum) disease, heart disease and other health conditions.
Research further suggests that gum disease may be a more serious risk for heart disease, more so than hypertension, smoking cholesterol, gender or age.
Researchers conclusions suggest that bacteria present in infected gums can become loose and move throughout the body through the bloodstream. Once bacteria reaches the arteries, they can irritate them in the same way that they irritate gum tissue causing arterial plaque, which can cause hardening and affects blood-flow.
Thomas Van Dyke, the chair of the Department of Applied Oral Sciences at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Forsythe Institute, explains the role of oral inflammation on systemic health—and how a little aspirin could help save lives.
There are several warning signs that can indicate that you may be experiencing some form of periodontal disease:
- Red, swollen, tender gums.
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating.
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste.
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating.
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
- Any change in the fit of dental appliances.
While these warning signs are important, the only way to determine the extent and severity of periodontal disease is a comprehensive examination done with your dentist or in our office.
There is also a genetic link to periodontal disease. If you have a family history of the disease, we can administer a simple and non-invasive test to determine individual genetic susceptibility. This test enables doctors to determine if a patient is at increased risk for more severe periodontal infections so we may respond accordingly.
Think you might have gum disease?
Do you feel that your smile is spoiled by teeth that are too short or by a disproportionate gum line? Gum reshaping surgery-sometimes called esthetic crown lengthening-corrects the appearance of short teeth by removing excess gum tissue to expose more teeth. Gum reshaping surgery is also used to correct deformities caused by periodontal gum disease. Esthetic crown lengthening provides some of the most striking and immediate results for our patients.
Some patients feel that their smile is shortchanged because their teeth look too long. Exposed roots, generally caused by receding gums, can make you appear much older than your true age. Your teeth may even start to feel sensitive to hot and cold food and drink. Our root coverage procedure-called soft tissue grafting-protects teeth and gives you a healthier, more attractive and youthful smile.
The progression of gum disease causes bone support to deteriorate. Often, bone loss progresses until teeth are entirely lost. Patients may be told there is nothing they can do but get a fixed bridge or a removable appliance. This is not true at our office: we specialize in procedures called ‘bone regeneration’. Once the bone regenerates, our patients are eligible for dental implants to replace their absent teeth. Our periodontists have an extraordinary rate of success with bone regeneration patients.
The loss of one or more teeth can cause an indentation in your gums and jaw bone, which looks unnatural and detracts from the appearance of your smile. Doctors at the SFCPID have a long, successful history of using a procedure called ‘ridge augmentation’ to recapture the natural contour of your gums and jaw. Traditionally, gum tissue (connective tissue) from another area of the mouth, and sometimes other material, is used as donor tissue for gum grafting. Dental ridge augmentation gives you a natural-looking appearance and a pleasing, symmetrical smile.
LANAP® is a minimally invasive periodontal procedure that uses laser technology to treat periodontal disease. A tiny laser fiber is inserted between the tooth and the gum and the infection is cleared away. There is no need for a scalpel or sutures.
The Benefits of LANAP®: Leading-Edge Gum Disease Treatment
- Less pain and discomfort, and much quicker recovery
- The periodontist is able to treat the affected area without cutting or stitching for a more comfortable patient experience
- LANAP® selectively targets diseased tissue and reduces inflammation without disturbing the healthy tissue. The result is much faster healing.
- Most patients treated with laser gum surgery can return to work and resume their normal activities very soon after the procedure
- Most patients who are treated with laser gum surgery can return to work and resume their normal activities very soon after the procedure.
- Little to no gum recession, unlike traditional surgery
Benefits for Patients with Dental Implants
The laser used in our office also allows us to perform LAPIP, which stands for Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure. The LAPIP protocol allows doctors to address the special challenges of inflammation affecting the tissues surrounding dental implants.
The main reason patients seek treatment for gum disease is to save their natural teeth. Laser gum disease provides a high-tech, minimally invasive method for patients to protect the health of their gums and keep their teeth.
An additional benefit of the laser used in our office is that it allows us to perform LAPIP, which stands for Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure. The LAPIP protocol allows doctors to address the special challenges of inflammation affecting the tissues surrounding dental implants.
The main reason patients seek treatment for gum disease is to save their natural teeth. Laser gum disease provides a high-tech, minimally invasive method for patients to have needed treatment to protect the health of their gums and keep their teeth.
REP Benefits the Patient:
- Minimally invasive surgical procedure
- Provides significantly more comfortable treatment
- Faster recovery time
- Proven track record—thousands of patients treated successfully
REP Effectively Treats Periodontal Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the supporting structures of the teeth, including bone and gum tissue. If left untreated, periodontal disease leads to swollen, painful gums as well as tooth and bone loss.
REP is a Proven Alternative to Conventional Periodontal Surgery:
Prior to the revolutionary breakthrough of REP, periodontists often treated gum disease surgically. Conventional periodontal surgery is invasive, and involves cutting the gums to remove calculus (and sometimes bone) from the diseased tooth roots. Traditional treatment is effective but can cause root sensitivity and recession of gum tissue, which makes the teeth look longer and less attractive.
REP Uses Technology to Treat Periodontal Disease Non-Surgically:
REP provides the benefits of conventional periodontal surgery without the invasive aspect. With REP the periodontist places a very small fiber optic camera into the periodontal pocket; using this camera, the periodontist is able to see below the gum line and clean the tooth roots. Doing so allows early diagnosis of root fractures, tooth decay, and the breakdown and erosion of tooth roots.
REP is Used with Emdogain® to Grow Bone
After the periodontist uses REP to clean the bone, a growth factor-Emdogain®-is placed directly into the pocket to stimulate bone formation. The doctors at South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry (SFCPID) pioneered the use of REP starting in 2004. They have since treated thousands of patients successfully with REP.
Integrative or holistic dentistry combines conventional dental techniques with complementary, whole-body modalities and practices. In integrative dentistry the focus changes from “disease” to “health” so the ultimate goal becomes overall quality of life and well being-not just being “disease-free”. This approach puts the person in the center of their well being, and considers the individual as a whole unit—connected across body, mind, and spirit.
In our periodontal practice, Dr. Vardar prepares patients for each procedure mentally and physically. She works with experts in nutrition, homeopathy, yoga, meditation, guided imagery, electromagnetic fields, and energy therapy. Dr. Vardar uses homeopathic remedies to help our patients experience less pain, anxiety, stress, and discomfort; she also uses electromagnetic Bioregulation Therapy devices to help accelerate healing and restore balance.