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Periodontist

New Haven, MO

Periodontist New Haven, MO

Periodontist care in New Haven, MO. Periodontal disease, a severe infection of the gums, usually starts as gingivitis, a milder gum disease caused by plaque accumulation. John Martin & Associates are here to assist patients dealing with various tooth and gum issues. Contact us today or call (314) 739-1222 for our Maryland Heights office or (573) 764-2425 for our Gerald office to schedule your appointment.


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

What Does a New Haven, MO, Periodontist Do?

A periodontist specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of gum disease. Their services often include maintaining dental implants, performing soft tissue and bone grafts, regenerating tissue, repairing crowns, and grafting gums.

John Martin & Associates has the capabilities for:

As an all-in-one family dentist, our St. Louis-based periodontists help prevent painful and even life-threatening oral diseases in New Haven, MO. Contact our team today to get more information about our capabilities.

Prevent periodontitis by maintaining good oral hygiene with routine brushing and flossing, not smoking, and seeing your dentist regularly.

Additional services we provide New Haven, 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.

Periodontitis can be detected during a dental examination using a dental "probe" to search for deep pockets surrounding the sides of teeth, x-rays to see if any bone loss has occurred, and discussing a patient's family oral health history. Additionally, factors such as smoking and diabetes can significantly contribute to the development of gum disease.

If you have noticed any of the following symptoms, you could have periodontitis and require immediate treatment from a New Haven 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 - plaque buildup and calculus can lead to gum recession and tooth loss, and destroy the jaw bone
  • Severe tooth pain - periodontal bacteria can destroy a person's gums and cause deep and painful pockets that can become filled with pus and abscess

Oral bacterial infections, such as perodontitis, are preventable with biannual visits to the visit, brushing twice a day, and glossing, but if you do contract periodontitis, it's important to remember that it's entirely treatable and can be cured with aggressive periodontal disease treatment.


Periodontal Disease Treatment in New Haven

There are four stages of gum disease; gingivitis and slight, moderate, and advanced periodontitis. Each stage of gum disease has different challenges and therefore, requires specific types of treatment.

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

  • Scaling, or, plaque 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 is performed using a small dental knife to make a slight incision in the infected gum, then pulling back the flap and deep scaling/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 prevention of periodontal disease typically involves brushing twice daily, 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 deep under the gums.


New Haven Periodontist

If you think that you could have periodontitis or some form of gum disease, you need to seek treatment from a New Haven 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 a combined total of over 35 years of experienced in the St. Louis dental industry. 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 happy with your experience every time you leave our office.

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


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