Yes, Dr. Auslander is a dentist, so one may think his work is limited to teeth. Periodontics, however, is a division of dentistry pertaining to the tissue surrounding the teeth. Dr. Auslander understands his involvement as a general dentist is key in preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases affecting the gums and jawbone. This is inclusive of gum tissue, which anchors teeth to the jawbone, ensuring a tough and durable mouth.
An infection throughout these regions is referred to as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is progressive, meaning early diagnosis is of utmost importance. Gingivitis occurs when bacteria living in the plaque on your teeth infects the surrounding gum tissue. Gingivitis eventually evolves to periodontal disease. As the infection takes over the tissue, the jawbone will start to recede, ultimately causing loose teeth. Specialists in this field, periodontists, concentrate on the treatment and surgery of these components. Periodontists are trained in implant installation, which will allow the function to be restored to the mouth, as a final step.
Proper oral hygiene, daily dental care and regular exams with Dr. Auslander will minimize the risk of future issues. Unfortunately, periodontal-related problems are often discovered after they have persisted for an extended period of time. Early recognition cannot be overstated, as it is essential to eradicating the bacteria and containing the damage. Common problems requiring periodontic treatment include “long” teeth (receding gum lines expose the root portions of teeth), discolored or deteriorating tooth structure, a darkening or inflammation of the gum tissue and tooth movement.