Periodontist – We Treat Your Unique Condition
- Best dental care for gum disease and other periodontal conditions.
- Top dentists in El Paso with specialized training in preventing and treating gingivitis.
- We are highly reviewed by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.
- Previous customer reviews include “very friendly staff” and “great results and very professional.”
- We have high ratings on Healthgrades.com.
- Our local dental office will provide you with comprehensive care you can count on.
- We offer affordable routine exams and specialized treatments in periodontics.
- Your entire family, including small children, can receive dental care at our office.
- Our services include general dentistry including gum care, root canals, and fillings.
- No insurance is required to receive service. We accept multiple payment options and do our best to accommodate you.
- Walk in appointments are welcomed.
- We don’t offer 24 hour service but we do accept dental emergencies.
- For quotes on gum care and other dental treatments, please schedule a consultation.
- Our team can readily answer your questions.
- Our office is located on the east side of town at 11365 Montwood Dr. Suite B in El Paso, Texas.
- Come visit us today!
What is a Periodontist?
Periodontists treat severe gum disease or a complicated medical history related to dental care. This section of dental care offers a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing, which treats the infected surface as damaged tissue is removed. Patients with severe gum problems may need to undergo go a range of surgical procedures.
Qualifications Necessary for a Periodontist
A periodontist dentist is an expert in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists will receive extensive training in the area concerning gums by attending three additional years of education in a periodontology residency training program after completing dental school.
All periodontists should be versed in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal diseases and should receive training in cosmetic periodontal procedures. At Ricardo Chavez, DDS General Dentistry, all dentists who perform periodontics have the necessary qualifications and certifications to treat your specific condition.
Why You Should See a Periodontist
While there are many periodontal needs that can be managed by a general dentist, patients who exhibit signs of periodontal disease or other chronic diseases that come with aging will need to be treated by a trained specialist. Our dentist will assess your condition then refer you to a periodontist who will create the best course of action.
If you have the following conditions, you will need to see a periodontist:
- Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the mild inflammation of gums with symptoms of pain and bleeding.
- Mild or moderate periodontitis. Moderate gum diseases will need to receive specialized treatment.
- Advanced periodontitis. If the pockets between your teeth and the soft tissues exceed 6mm in depth, significant bone loss may occur and will cause a shift in teeth or your teeth to fall out.
- Missing teeth. When teeth are lost as a result of bone loss, a periodontist can implant prosthetic teeth. The teeth will be anchored to the jawbone and restore functionality in the mouth.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
Practicing good oral hygiene, which includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash after meals, are the first steps in avoiding gum disease. If you smoke or consume caffeinated beverages on a daily basis, you should attempt to clean your teeth right after to prevent staining and the buildup of bacteria in your mouth. You should also see your dentist every six months and receive routine professional cleanings.
Factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Crooked teeth
- Becoming pregnant
- Taking medications such as steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, and oral contraceptives
How to Tell If You Have Gum Disease
Although it’s not possible to self-diagnose gum disease, one of the first signs of gum disease includes experiencing bleeding gums on a regular basis. Our dentist will be able to assess whether you have gum disease and recommend proper treatments.
While there are several symptoms that can alert you of the presence of gum disease, these are the most common symptoms:
- Unpleasant breath that won’t go away even after brushing and using mouthwash.
- Consistent bleeding gums when brushing or flossing.
- Swollen gums.
- Loose teeth.
- A shifting of teeth where pockets between your gums and teeth become evident.
The Stages Of Gum Disease
The three stages of gum disease are as follows:
Stage 1: Gingivitis. The earliest stage of gum disease is an inflammation of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque. If daily brushing and flossing do not remove plaque, it can irritate the gum tissue and cause gingivitis. First signs are bleeding during brushing and flossing. During this stage, gum disease damage can be reversed, but it’s important to seek the care of a dentist.
Stage 2: Periodontitis. At this stage, the bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place have damage that cannot be reversed. Your gums begin to form a pocket that traps food and plaque below the gumline. At home care can usually help prevent further damage. You should also seek the professional care of a dentist.
Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis. The final stage of gum disease involves the fibers and bone that support your teeth from being destroyed. You will begin to notice discomfort and have trouble biting down. At this point, teeth may need to be removed. A professional diagnosis will determine the best course of action.
Gum Disease Treatments
Treatment for gum disease involves professional cleanings from our dentists who can help remove harmful plaque build-up that eventually turns into tartar, which causes damage to your gums. Our dentist will clean your teeth to fully remove tartar above and below the gumline. If your condition is more severe, a ‘root planing’ procedure may need to be performed. Root planing helps smooth any irregularities on the roots of teeth and makes it more difficult for plaque to find a home.