Dr. Kirsch is a periodontist, which is one of 9 specialty areas recognized by the American Dental Association. Periodontics is “that specialty of dentistry which encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth.” In other words, periodontists specialize in treating issues related to your gums.
About 20 percent of dentists are specialists. Becoming a specialist requires a dentist to complete additional years of training and acquire clinical experience beyond what’s necessary for dentists who are non-specialists.
As a periodontist, one of Dr. Kirsch’s main concerns is the treatment of periodontal disease, which is also referred to as gum disease. Gum disease afflicts over 65 million Americans. It’s a serious infection caused by bacteria that feed on the plaque and tartar your mouth. If gum disease is not treated, it can devastate your smile and lead to the loss of teeth.
The best way to prevent gum disease is through daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash and by visiting your dentist for checkups twice a year.
If you have gum disease, a periodontist like Dr. Kirsch is the person to see. The sooner Dr. Kirsch begins to treat your gum disease, the more he can do to save your smile. Two of the treatments we provide for gum disease at Heartland Periodontics are flap surgery and soft tissue grafting.
People who suffer from an advanced form of gum disease called periodontitis develop deep pockets of infection around the base of their teeth. This makes it difficult for the dentist to remove the plaque and tartar that adheres to the patient’s teeth. But this plaque and tartar must be eliminated because it feeds the bacteria that causes both gum disease and tooth decay.
During flap surgery, Dr, Kirsch folds back a portion of the gums so he can remove the diseased tissue. Some of the bone might also be removed. Then the rough surfaces of the tooth are smoothed by a process known as root planing. Next, Dr. Kirsch will medicate the area and the gum flap will be replaced and sutured to allow the bone and gum tissue to heal. Flap surgery is designed to reduce the depth of the affected pockets and make them easier to cean in the future.
Gum recession is a common symptom of gum disease. As the gums pull away from your teeth, it causes the teeth to appear longer. Gum recession can cause your tooth’s root to become exposed. This can result in sensitivity to hot or cold beverages. In addition to causing esthetic concerns, gum recession can also increase the potential for root decay.
There are several types of gum grafts. The major aims of gum grafts include covering the root of the tooth and providing a healthy zone of gum tissue to halt the advance of gum recession.
If you’re suffering from gum disease, it makes sense to see a periodontist like Dr. Kirsch who has extensive experience and training in treating the area. Call our office today to arrange your appointment. The sooner you take care of your gum disease, the healthier your smile will be.
Dr. Michael Kirsch
4660 Lakeview Drive
Monday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Friday: 8:30AM – 5PM