FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is a Periodontist and what do they do?
The term “periodontal” means “situated or occurring around a tooth.” A periodontist is a dentist that specializes in treating diseases of the gums and other structures surrounding the teeth. Periodontists also replace missing teeth with dental implants. As a periodontal specialist, therefore, Dr. McLeod treats gum disease, regenerates lost bone and gum tissue and places dental implants. Dr. McLeod also performs cosmetic procedures designed at improving the appearance of the teeth and gums.
What does it mean to be board certified?
Board certification is not required to practice periodontology, and not all periodontists are board certified. A board certified periodontist is considered to be a “diplomate” of the American Board of Periodontology (ABP), an organization that serves to maintain a high standard of care and advance the science and art of periodontology. In order to become board certified, Dr. McLeod had to pass rigorous written and oral examinations administered by the ABP after completing his periodontal specialty training, thus demonstrating significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty. To maintain his diplomate status, Dr. McLeod must undergo a recertification examination every three years.
What is oral plastic surgery?
A beautiful and natural looking smile is considered by many to be an essential component of oral health. Tooth loss, as well as bone and gum tissue loss around teeth can result in an unfavourable or unsightly appearance. Having too much bone or gum tissue around the teeth “gummy smile” can also lead to an esthetic compromise. Oral plastic surgery involves regenerating and reshaping the bone and soft tissue surrounding the teeth, and improves the functional and esthetic attributes of the teeth and gums. The result is a healthier, more symmetrical and harmonious smile.
What is periodontal medicine?
Periodontal disease affects more than just the health of your gums and teeth. Research suggests that gum disease can have links to other very serious conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory infections. Gum disease my even affect the health of an unborn child. Periodontal medicine examines the relationships between periodontal diseases and overall health. Because oral health influences the health of the rest of the body, maintaining a healthy mouth is critical in helping you to maintain your overall health.
What is periodontal maintenance and why is it important?
In patients with no history of periodontal disease, professional cleanings are recommended twice a year. In those individuals with a history of treated periodontitis, more frequent professional cleanings are needed to prevent a resurgence of gum disease. Periodontal maintenance therapy is the term given to this regimen regular cleanings. Although the maintenance interval is tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient, it is common to receive these cleanings three to four times per year. Compliance with periodontal maintenance cleanings is important because without them, gum disease will likely reoccur.
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing, also known as a “deep cleaning”, is the physical removal of bacteria, plaque and calculus (tartar) from the surfaces of the teeth, usually by scraping with special instruments. Removal of these infectious substances from tooth surfaces is the most predictable way to prevent or eliminate gum disease. However, while a deep cleaning can work very well to eliminate bacteria, plaque and tartar from shallower pockets, in deep pockets gum surgery is often necessary to remove all infecting micro organisms.