Doctor Cochrane is a dual specialist in periodontics and prosthodontics. You may use the links to your left to learn more about each of these specialist areas.
A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in prosthodontics, the specialty of implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. Prosthodontists specialize in the restoration of oral function by creating prostheses and restorations (i.e., complete dentures, crowns, implant retained/supported restorations). Cosmetic dentistry, implants and joint problems all fall under the field of prosthodontics.
Periodontists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and can help you keep you teeth.
Periodontal disease is a chronic infection the affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. The bacteria in Plaque then causes the gums to become inflamed.
Gingivitis: The mildest form of periodontal disease is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care. There is little to no discomfort at this stage but your gums will be swollen and bleed easily.
Periodontitis: Untreated gingivitis may lead to periodontitis and the plaque can spread and grow beneath the gum line. Gums begin to separate from the teeth forming pockets than then become infected. As the disease progresses the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Teeth can become loose and need to be removed.
Periodontal disease is also dangerous to your health and is associated with the possibility of:
- Heart Attacks
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Pre - Eclampsia
- Low Birth Weight
If any of these health problems are in your family history it is extremely important for you to treat your periodontal disease.