Periodontal Services

Our Dr. Islam provides a variety of surgical services for the treatment of periodontal issues. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are very conservative in our treatment recommendations and limit surgery to the areas where it is absolutely necessary.

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General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontic and Periodontic Therapies

What to expect at your first periodontic appointment.

Your first periodontic appointment is an important step in maintaining your oral health; particularly if you have concerns related to gum health, periodontal disease, or other issues with your gums. Here’s what you can generally expect during your first periodontic appointment:

  • Medical and Dental History Review
    You will be asked to fill out a medical and dental history form. Be sure to provide accurate information about any medical conditions, medications, and previous dental treatments.
  • Discussion of Concerns
    Dr. Islam will ask you about any specific concerns you have regarding your gums, teeth, and oral health. Be prepared to share any symptoms you may have noticed, such as bleeding gums, sensitivity, pain, or bad breath.
  • Oral Examination
    Dr. Islam will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, gums, and teeth. They will look for signs of gum inflammation, recession, pocket depth (the space between your gums and teeth), and any signs of infection or other issues.
  • Digital Radiography (digital X-rays)
    Digital Radiography such as panoramic CBCT (3-D imaging) or bitewing radiographs, may be taken to get a better view of your teeth and the underlying bone structures. These images help the periodontist assess the health of your teeth roots and bone. Digital Radiography generates higher resolution images using significantly less radiation exposure.
  • Gum Disease Evaluation
    If you have signs of gum disease, Dr. Islam may measure the pocket depth around your teeth. Deeper pockets can indicate more severe gum disease. They might also check for bleeding upon probing, which can be a sign of inflammation.
  • Treatment Discussion
    Depending on the findings from the examination, Dr. Islam will discuss potential treatment options. These could include non-surgical procedures like scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) or more advanced treatments like gum surgery or dental implants.
  • Educational Guidance
    Dr. Islam will likely provide information about proper oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and any special care needed for your condition. They might also discuss lifestyle factors that can impact your gum health, such as smoking and diet.
  • Treatment Plan
    If treatment is recommended, Dr. Islam will outline a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs. The procedures, potential outcomes, and costs involved will be explained. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have.
  • Scheduling Follow-Up Appointments
    Depending on the severity of your condition and the recommended treatment, you may need to schedule additional appointments for treatments, follow-up evaluations, or maintenance.
  • Billing and Insurance
    The administrative staff will assist you with billing, insurance information, and payment options. Make sure to clarify any financial questions you have before proceeding with treatment.

Remember that Dr. Islam is there to help you maintain optimal oral health, and they will work with you to address any concerns and create a personalized treatment plan. It’s important to communicate openly, follow the recommendations, and attend regular follow-up appointments to achieve the best results for your gum health.

Many times, the early stages of periodontal disease are best treated with non-surgical periodontal therapy. Even in severe cases, non-surgical periodontal therapy often precedes surgical therapy. This is done to improve the overall tissue quality prior to surgery and also to help limit the areas requiring surgery.

Select any of the links below for more information about the periodontal services offered by Lakeside Dental Care.