Specialist in Periodontics
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases (gum disease). They are trained to diagnose and treat periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.
Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost.
Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures such as bone replacement therapy and restoration of lost soft tissues due to disease and recession.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
Why is it important to treat Gum Disease? Gum disease may be linked to other health problems?
According to the CDC, researchers have uncovered potential links between gum disease and other serious health conditions. In people with healthy immune systems, the bacteria in the mouth that makes its way into the bloodstream is usually harmless. But under certain circumstances, these microorganisms are associated with health problems such as stroke and heart disease. Diabetes is not only a risk factor for gum disease, but gum disease may make diabetes worse. Dr. Haraszthy published several articles dealing with the connection of heart disease and periodontal disease.
Dental Health and Bad Breath
Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may be warning signs of gum (periodontal) disease. The medical condition dry mouth (also called xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Many other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems. Dr. Haraszthy extensively studies the cause of bad breath and published several articles on the treatment of bad breath.
Why visit a prosthodontist?
You may want to visit a prosthodontist if you are missing one or more teeth; you are interested in dental implants; you wear dentures or removable partial dentures; or you want to improve the esthetics of your smile
Are you looking for ways to improve your smile like veneers, teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry?
You may have broken, worn-down, damaged teeth that are uncomfortable, unsightly and you want to restore health and esthetics of your dentition. It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward. Since teeth use their neighbors for support, if one is missing they begin to “fall” and shift into the open spaces.
In many situations you will need a dental crown to restore a damaged tooth, badly discolored or root canal treated tooth. A crown (also referred to as a cap) is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only protects a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment. Crowns may be used to: replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining, protect a weak tooth from fracturing, restore a fractured tooth, attach a bridge, cover a dental implant, cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth.
You have missing teeth, a new tooth attached to a fixed bridge can be fabricated. This non-removable bridge feels natural. A bridge is permanently attaches a new tooth between two existing teeth. A bridge can also improve chewing ability and restores esthetics. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science since it replaces a missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and aesthetics.
Bridges and crowns are very durable and can last a long time with extra care and good oral hygiene.
You want dentures that will match your unique smile and bite, let you speak and chew comfortably, and improve your appearance and self-confidence.
Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing on the upper or lower jaw. Properly designed dentures will appear natural and provide for a perfect smile. If you have concerns about missing teeth, removable partial dentures may provide a less costly solution than implants and fixed bridges. A removable partial denture can be used when there are remaining healthy teeth. Partial dentures maintain tooth alignment by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting, therefore improving the long term stability of your dentition.
If you have dentures and they move and not stable in your mouth we can place dental implant to support the denture. Dental Implants for overdentures significantly change the quality of your life. Unhappy with current dentures, affecting your ability to eat and speak, Dental Implants, might be the answer for you.
Are you interested in dental implants to replace your missing teeth?
Dental implants are a great predictable option to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants look and feel very natural. They are surgically placed in the bone bellow the gum. Dental implants are shaped similar to the root of a tooth and are made of a Titanium alloy that the jawbone is very compatible with and actually integrates to it. They can be used to support a crown, bridges or dentures. Dr. Haraszthy is specialized in both surgically placing the implants and in subsequent restoration of the implants.