Periodontics

When do you need to see a Periodontal Specialist?

General dentists and their hygienist are your first line of defense to protect your teeth and gums. Dr. Hamal accepts referrals from General Dentists in the Tipp City, Troy, Piqua, Sidney, West Milton, New Carlisle, Dayton and all points in between. When their patient’s gum disease is out of control. HealthPark’s Award Winning approach is for our hygienists to bring you up to date with the amazing changes that have occurred since 2003 on how gum disease progresses, how we treat it, and all the aids available to help you keep your teeth.

Most people are uncomfortable when our hygienists actually ask them to demonstrate their home care routine. Think of this as “skill development”. The approach you’ve been using has allowed significant gum problems to develop now we’re going to show you how to improve your home care to avoid losing more bone ( and teeth) in the future.

At first, your chances of having your teeth comfortably for the rest of your life are 90% my responsibility. A general dentist will set up the environment where you can be successful. When the general dentist is finished, the responsibility becomes 90% yours. Our hygienists will begin a therapy program to control your gum disease. Depending on the severity of the bone loss, Dr. Hamal is available to treat specific teeth that do not respond to therapy or to provide dental implants for missing teeth.

Call to schedule a visit if you notice:

  • Gums that have pulled away from teeth
  • Bleeding or painful gums
  • Teeth appear to be growing longer
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Teeth beginning to loosen
  • Spaces developing between your teeth

What is Periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is often silent, meaning symptoms may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease. However, warning signs of periodontal gum disease include the following:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard food
  • Gums that are receding (pulling away from the teeth), causing the teeth to look longer than before
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

The American Academy of Periodontology’s risk assessment test will help you see if you are at risk for having or developing periodontal gum disease. Millions of people don’t know they have this serious infection that can lead to tooth loss if not treated. Dr. Hamal helps people in the Troy Ohio and Dayton Ohio area with these problems.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.  read more

Gum Grafting

Gum grafting can stop dental problems and gum recession, and improve the appearance of your gum line. Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Perhaps you wish to enhance your smile by covering one or more of these roots that make your teeth appear too long. Or, maybe you’re not bothered by the appearance of these areas, but you cringe because the exposed roots are sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids. We can help. read more

Tooth Uncovery

Canine teeth (“eye teeth”) often develop in the wrong position and so fail to erupt into the mouth. To get this tooth moving, Dr. Hamal can do a tooth uncovery procedure to solve the problem. This is one of the great things about having orthodontic treatment at HealthPark Dentistry because our orthodontist and periodontist can easily cooperate together for the benefit of our patients. read more

Biopsy

A biopsy is a simple procedure, usually completed in less than 15 minutes. Dr. Hamal, Periodontist will numb the area and then remove the soft tissue in question (usually this is very tiny, approximately 1mm). This tissue sample is then placed in a fixing solution and mailed to a pathologist. The pathologist will send a report to Dr. Hamal in about one week to 10 days to confirm his findings. read more

Crown Lengthening

If you notice that one or some of your teeth seem to be longer (exposing too much tooth) or shorter (exposing too little tooth) than you like, you may be unhappy with your smile. Crown lengthening can move bone and gums to hold new crowns more securely and can improve the appearance of your gum line. read more