Nearly everybody faces an embarrassing dental problem at some point in their lives: from bad breath, decaying teeth, missing teeth, gum (periodontal) disease, crooked teeth or pain from wisdom teeth. – just to name a few. At our specialized Implant and Periodontic dental office in Astoria we are equipped with all the latest technology. Even better than the technology we are proud to have Victor Terranova, DMD, MS, PhD who brings a huge amount of experience to our clinic. When it comes to dental implants and periodontics Dr. Victor Terranova is a board certified oral surgeon and periodontist. It is hard to find a dental situation that Dr. Victor Terranova has never seen throughout his 45 years career. Here we treat the patient first and then the problem.
My dentist told me I need to see a periodontist. Is this serious?
Normally yes it would be serious. If your dentist has or wants to refer you to a periodontist then he has a reason. As a periodontist in Astoria, Queens we see many referrals from dental offices coming to us. Normally patients are nervous but once they overcome their initial fears and have an understanding of the problem which is normally some form of advanced or slight periodontal disease then they feel relieved.
You may have been to your local dentist recently and the dentist may have told you that you may have to see a periodontist. So what does this mean and what does a periodontist do?
What this means is that the dentist has identified the onset of either gingivitis or periodontitis and has decided that it is best to refer you to a periodontist. If you are unsure about the periodontist that he is referring you to and would like to learn more about periodontal surgery and would like to visit a periodontist based of your own choice then the information contained here is solely for your education. Dr Victor Terranova has over 35 years experience as a periodontist and oral surgeon so you are in safe hands.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a serious condition because if it is not treated then it will become unsightly and painful as well as embarrassing. If a patient does not get this treated in time it can cause the patient’s teeth to become loose and eventually and over time these teeth may fall out
In dentistry Periodontists are the dental experts that can prevent, diagnose and treat the incidence of periodontal disease. In severe cases when a patient has lost their teeth due to periodontal disease or any other reason then the periodontist will offer dental implant options for the patient and will be able to handle every step of the dental implant process. Does a periodontist receive special training. All periodontists receive the same training as all dentists as you have to be a dentist first before you specilaize in periodontics. It will take three years to become a periodontist and to be able to competent in treating gums and periodontal disease.
What procedures can a periodontist perform?
Periodontal Disease Diagnosis
Treatment of Gingivitis
Treatment of Periodontitis
Implants Replacement of individual teeth
Implant Replacement of multiple teeth
Extraction Socket Grafting (Socket Regeneration)
Stem Cell Banking
Scaling and Root Planing
Cosmetic Crown Lengthening
How do I know if I need to see a periodontist?
If your dentist has told you that you need to see a periodontist then do not ignore their advice. If you have periodontal issues and you ignore them then you will only make the problems worse over time. It is always best to see a periodontist immediately.
There are complicated links that have now been proven between periodontal health and a person’s overall health. Therefore , periodontists must receive comprehensive training focused on the deep links between oral health and a patients overall health.
Your periodontal exam will be an important step for you in understanding why your gums are in the condition that they are in. From here you must pay attention to any periodontal maintenance that the dentist asks you to perform in order to remedy the situation. Your dentist and your periodontists with create a treatment plan and it will be important that you stick to this rigorously as it will correct the damage to your gums and improve your overall health.