Welcome to the dental wing of Providence. We have created a comfortable environment to take care of all your dental needs. Our dental specialists can help you with a wide array of dental needs from periodontal therapy to orthodontics and dental jewelry. We will help you to enhance your smile and manage dental diseases.
We have aligned the best of dental specialists with the most advanced dental equipment to make your visit stress free. We encourage open discussion about your dental problems, its solutions and cost before we start your treatment. Our specialists with coordinate your care with the medical specialists if required.
- Periodontal therapy
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Dental implants
- Laser dentistry
- White fillings
- Dental jewellery
- Pediatric dentistry
DENTAL CARE FOR DIABETIC PATIENTS
If so you may need a special dental attention. Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease (inflammation of the gum), which in turn can increase blood sugar and lead to diabetic complications. Periodontal disease is often considered a complication of diabetes. Patients with poor control of blood sugars are at higher risk. Research has suggested that the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease goes both ways – periodontal disease may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar. Severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar, contributing to increased periods of time when the body functions with a high blood sugar. This puts people with diabetes at increased risk for diabetic complications.
Every person with diabetes is recommended to have an annual dental checkup. The dentist takes a complete view of your teeth and gums to see if you have any features of periodontal disease. The dentist will advice on the best methods for dental care and periodontal therapy.
A Periodontist (specialist treating gum diseases) will examine you and advice you the treatment options based on the severity of your disease. The goal of treatment is to make the gums healthy and prevent damage to the tooth. Maintaining a good oral hygiene acts as an adjunct for the best treatment. The various treatment options are
Scaling removes deposits and microbes from your tooth surfaces and surrounding gums. Beyond “routine cleaning”, it removes these deposits meticulously from even areas below the gum line. This helps preserve the gum and the teeth.
Root planing makes the tooth root surfaces smooth with thin curettes. This prevents further bacterial attachment and helps in firm attachment of the teeth to the gums. This prevents tooth loss and sensitivity problems.
Topical or oral antibiotics can help reducing the microbial load. This comprises of inserting antibiotic fibers (LDD) inside the gums, use of mouth rinses or gels containing antibiotics after deep cleaning. Oral antibiotics may be necessary to completely eliminate infection.
Surgical treatments (for moderate-advanced periodontitis)
Periodontist makes incisions in your gum and the section of gum tissue will be lifted to expose the roots for scaling and root planing. The underlying bone may be recontoured since periodontitis is associated with bone loss. After which the gum tissue is sutured back in place.
Since periodontitis is associated with bone loss, bone grafting is performed when the disease has destroyed the bone surrounding your tooth root. Natural or synthetic bone grafts are used for such procedures. It forms a basement for natural bone to regrow.
Natural membranes are placed between bone and tooth. This material prevents unwanted tissue from entering the healing area and allows for early bone regeneration.
The gumline recedes as a complication of advanced periodontitis. An attempt is made to reinforce the damaged soft tissue by removing a small amount of tissue from the roof of your mouth (palate) or another donor source and attaching it to the affected site. This can help reduce further gum recession.
We evaluate every diabetic patient for any periodontal problems. Periodontal therapy including laser therapy which offer minimum bleeding and faster rate of healing is one among such services we provide. We are different in that we coordinate with our inhouse team of diabetologists and endocrinologists to improve the glycemic control.
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Periodontal therapy in a diabetic patient.
Pre-operative picture and recall post-operative picture after 6 months
Last modified: May 3, 2018