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Periodontist

Ladue, MO

Periodontist Ladue, MO

Periodontist in Ladue, MO. Periodontal disease, a severe gum infection, typically starts as gingivitis, a moderate gum disease caused by plaque and other buildup. John Martin & Associates are dedicated to assisting patients with various tooth and gum conditions. Contact us today or call us at (314) 739-1222 for our Maryland Heights office or (573) 764-2425 for our Gerald location to schedule your appointment.


Periodontist in Ladue, MO | John Martin Dental & Associates | Periodontitis Disease Prevention in Ladue, MO/

What Does a Ladue, MO, Periodontist Do?

A periodontist is a dental expert who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of periodontal disease. This includes services such as dental implant maintenance, soft tissue grafting, bone grafting, tissue regeneration, crown repairs, and gum grafting.

John Martin & Associates provides:

As an all-in-one family dentist, our St. Louis-based oral health experts help prevent painful and even life-threatening oral diseases in Ladue, MO. Contact our team now to learn more.

Peridontitis can be avoided by routine brushing, flossing, not smoking, and making routine visits to the dentist.

Additional services we provide Ladue, MO, patients include:


When Should You See a Periodontist?

Gum disease is preventable with daily brushing, flossing, and bi-annual dental cleanings. But, even with regular oral health maintenance, some patients are more genetically predisposed to gingivitis, periodontitis, and other oral health conditions.

Periodontal disease is typically detected during standard dentist appointments. During a dental examination, your dentist will use a "probe," which is a tiny ruler, to measure the depth of your teeth's pockets, search for bone loss or damage, and look for other signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and other conditions.

If you have noticed any of the following symptoms, you could have periodontitis and require immediate treatment from a Ladue Periodontist:

  • Swollen, tender, or bleeding gums - periodontal disease affects the gums and jaw bone - if your gums are bright red, sore, swollen, or painful, you could have gum disease
  • Abnormal spaces between teeth - under the gum line can lead to gum recession and tooth loss, and destroy the jaw bone
  • Chronic tooth pain - periodontal bacteria can destroy a person's gums and cause deep and painful pockets that can become filled with pus and abscess

In many cases, periodontal disease are preventable with biannual visits to the visit, brushing twice a day, and glossing, but if you do develop periodontitis, it's essential to remember that it's entirely treatable and can be cured with aggressive periodontal disease treatment.


Periodontal Disease Treatment in Ladue

There are several stages of periodontal disease; gingivitis and slight, moderate, and advanced periodontitis. Each level of gum disease has its own challenges and therefore, requires specific types of treatment.

If your Ladue Periodontist detects gingivitis or another form of gum disease during your visit, you might need one of the following Ladue gum disease treatments:

  • Scaling, or, tartar and buildup removal, which is performed using a dental scaler to scratch buildup from the surface of each individual tooth and between the gums
  • Root planing, or, the smoothing of a tooth's roots, to remove bacteria and other buildup in the area
  • Applying topical antibiotics to the surface of the teeth, between each individual tooth, and along the gum line to eliminate existing bacteria and aid against regrowth
  • Flap surgery involves making a small incision in the gum, lifting it back, and performing deep scaling and root planing
  • Soft tissue grafting restores soft tissue damaged by periodontal disease
  • Bone grafting, which is used during advanced periodontal disease treatment, involves using bone from non-infected areas to stimulate natural regrowth of bone and prevent future bone damage
  • Guided tissue regeneration, which involves placing a fabric between existing bone and tooth to prevent deeper infection and allows bone to grow back over time
  • Tissue-stimulating proteins are carefully applied to the root of infected teeth to prevent further infection and generate natural bone and healthy tissue

After your periodontist performs in-office treatment, at-home oral health maintenance involves brushing twice a day, flossing every morning and night or after every snack and meal, using special mouth rinses to protect against infection, and a water pick to clean gums.


Ladue Periodontist

If you think that you could have periodontitis or another type of gum disease, you need to seek treatment from an experienced periodontist immediately. The sooner that gum disease and periodontal disease are detected, the lower chance there is for severe, irreversible damage such as tooth loss, gum decay, and bone destruction.

Dr. John Martin and Dr. Tyler Musto have more than 35 years of dental experience. Our goal at Martin Dental & Associates is to get your oral health in optimal shape, prevent future tooth, gum, or other oral health conditions, and make sure that you are satisfied with your experience every time you leave our office.

If you are looking for a periodontist in Ladue, call (314) 739-1222 (Maryland Heights), (573) 764-2425 (Gerald), or contact Martin Dental & Associates today to schedule an appointment.


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