What is a Periodontist?

Dr. Vravick is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases. Dental implants, which can replace lost teeth, are also part of this specialty. He can plan, place and maintain these dental implants. Approximately 75 percent of all americans have some form of periodontal disease, known by many as gum disease or pyorrhea. These diseases are usually painless and often go undetected until it is to late. When left untreated, gum disease will destroy the bone and tissue surrounding the teeth, causing them to become loose and sometimes painful. The most noticeable problems associated with gum disease, are bad breath and changes in the appearance of your smile. Once this condition progresses far enough, you can even lose your teeth. There is evidence that periodontal diseases can also effect a persons general health.

Why do I have to see a specialist? Your periodontal disease has progressed to a point where a periodontal specialist, dr. Vravick, should treat you. Periodontists receive extensive training, along with additional years of education beyond dental school. There they learn the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal diseases and to gain a detailed scientific background on all aspects of the diseases. After that, dr. Vravick has continued taking educational courses throughout his career to stay up to date with the latest techniques in dentistry, dental implants and periodontal treatment. As a result of the in-depth training mentioned above, dr. Vravick has the diagnostic skills to handle your disease.

What happens at my first appointment? (initial consultation): First, dr. Vravick will review your complete medical and dental history with you. It is important for him to know if you are taking any medications. He also needs to know if you are currently being treated for or have any medical conditions that can affect your periodontal treatment. A complete oral and periodontal examination will then be given. He will examine your gums, check for gumline recession, assess how your teeth fit together when you bite and check for loose teeth. Next, dr. Vravick will take a small measuring instrument and place it between your teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces which we call periodontal pockets. These pocket depths help assess the health of your gums. Finally, he will review the dental x-rays which show the bone levels between and around your teeth. Following this examination, dr. Vravick will review all of the findings with you. He will discuss your condition and suggest treatment options available to you along with the benefits and possible risks of each. With this information, you will be able to make an informed decision regarding the type of treatment that will best suit your problem.