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What is a periodontist?

Periodontists are dental specialists who specialize in treating the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. A periodontist attends four years of dental school, like a general dentist does, and then receives an additional two years of specialty training. A periodontist like Dr. Peiser limits his practice to hygiene, periodontics, implants, and some cosmetics.

Do I need to see a periodontist?

There are several reasons why a patient would need to see a periodontist. If you have ongoing gum issues or suspect gum disease, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. Bleeding gums, loose teeth, pockets between teeth, and chronic bad breath are all signs of periodontal disease. If you’re missing teeth and are interested in dental implants, you may be referred to our practice for implant placement. We also perform gingival (gum) grafts to cover exposed tooth roots and perform some cosmetic procedures. Your gums are a vital component of your smile and your health, so don’t hesitate to schedule your periodontal evaluation.

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is advanced-stage gum disease. It results when plaque hardens and releases toxins that break down gum tissue. This chronic infection can lead to tooth and bone loss if left untreated. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Peiser is well-qualified to treat all stages of periodontal disease and strives to thoroughly explain the details of treatment to each patient.

How can I avoid periodontal disease?

We wish more people would ask this question! Gum disease is extremely common and entirely avoidable. Though genetics, medications, and age play a factor, in most cases, the disease can be avoided with improved oral hygiene and regular visits to our office. Brush and floss daily (don’t forget to FLOSS!) and visit our practice for regular hygiene visits. We’ll assess your risk factors, remove plaque from below the gumline, and make suggestions for your unique oral health.

What are the advantages of dental implants over bridges or dentures?

Dental implants pose several benefits over traditional bridges and dentures. With implants, healthy teeth are not crowned or clasped, so the chances that you will keep your remaining teeth are higher. Because the bone tissue fuses with the implants, your teeth will be stable, comfortable, and highly functional. Implants can also last a lifetime, whereas bridges and dentures need replacement about every 8-10 years.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients missing teeth are candidates for dental implants. Whether you were born without all of your teeth or you’ve lost teeth due to injury or gum disease, dental implants can provide a stable, permanent solution. For the best result, we recommend that patients have good oral health, though pre-operative procedures like a sinus graft or lift can enable you to receive dental implants. Traditional implant surgery requires medical clearance, though we offer alternatives, including mini dental implants, for those with medical restrictions.

Happily Accepting New Patients

From consultation and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care, Dr. Peiser and the team at East Side Periodontics provide the specialized dentistry you need. Contact us to schedule your consultation or second opinion visit. Our Providence, Rhode Island periodontal practice is convenient to many surrounding communities, including Pawtucket, Cranston, Barrington, Fall River, Dartmouth, and South Attleboro, Massachusetts.

324 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906 USA
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