The not-so-secret secret to an amazing smile is taking good care of your teeth. But oral health shouldn’t stop at the gum line. The foundation to a healthy mouth is (literally) rooted in strong, happy gums.
Good Oral Care Is Good Self Care
Periodontal wellness is all about keeping the tissues surrounding your teeth healthy. These soft tissues – also known as the “gums” – serve as a natural seal for your teeth, holding them in place even when you accidentally bite into an olive pit while sipping a martini.
Poor oral hygiene and certain lifestyle habits can weaken this seal, allowing infection-causing bacteria to find their way into the deeper structures of your teeth. Once there, bacteria gradually breaks down the entire tooth, ultimately leading to loose and lost teeth. This is known as gum or periodontal disease.
Luckily, losing teeth to gum disease is preventable, especially when this condition is addressed early. At Dr. Patty Miami we believe overall health starts with healthy gums, so we are thrilled to provide our guests with elevated periodontal care at our upscale dental and cosmetic boutique.
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Excellent dental care and outstanding customer service are not the only things that set us apart. At Dr. Patty Miami, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond the mark to offer our clients an upscale, anxiety-free experience at every visit.
Discover the exclusive perks offered at Dr. Patty Miami:
Numbness can be limiting, affecting one’s speech, smile, and ability to drink after a visit. Dr. Patty’s reversal process allows clients to leave the dental boutique and carry on with their day as if nothing happened, so you don’t have to worry about canceling your engagements after your procedure.
The professionals at Dr. Patty Miami are committed to your health and wellness. That’s why we use lasers to offer a safe, anxiety-free dental experience without drills and scalpels. This innovative laser technology has several advantages, including minimal intervention and, in most cases, little-to-no anesthesia.
Multiple options for a more comfortable and nerve-free experience.
Personal Concierge Service
We can arrange everything from RedCap or limo transportation to and from your appointment to making nearby lunch or dinner reservations for after your appointment.
Advanced Digital Surround X-Rays
Minimal exposure, more precise, and digitally stored for your convenience.
State-of-the-art technologies and facilities
Complimentary wine & Nespresso coffee bar, hot towel service, temple massage therapy, paraffin treatments, music & movie selections are just a few of the amenities you’ll find at our ultra-chic, upscale facilities.
Why Gum Health Matters
Good oral health and hygiene habits do more than preventing gum disease. Keeping your mouth squeaky clean can improve your overall health. In fact, poor dental health has been linked to serious conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Preterm births
Studies show health conditions and gum disease may be related in two ways. First, moderate to severe gum disease increases inflammation in your body, which is a known contributing factor for chronic disease. Researchers believe that untreated periodontal disease can also make way for bacteria to seep into the bloodstream and increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.
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Say No To Bleeding Gums
There is a common misconception that gums that bleed during flossing or brushing are normal. But that’s not true! Bleeding gums are a sign that the periodontal tissue is inflamed and may even be infected.
Our team at Dr. Patty Miami will be happy to discuss your best options for bleeding and swollen gums. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your appointment at our exclusive Miami dental and cosmetic boutique.
Identifying Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is sneaky in that you can have it but not experience any symptoms. This is especially true if you are a smoker, since nicotine reduces blood supply and prevents your gum tissue from bleeding and swelling, even if it is infected.
However, these are some symptoms you should be keeping an eye out for:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding or “pulled back” gums
- Sensitivity and tenderness
- Swollen, painful pockets that may be filled with pus
- Loose teeth
Treating Gum Disease
Your periodontal visit at Dr. Patty Miami begins with a complete examination of your teeth and gums. This exam will allow us to diagnose any periodontal issues and create a customized treatment plan unique to your oral health needs.
Then, we will use gentle ultrasonic and hand instruments to dislodge any plaque and calcified deposits built up below the gum line. This deep cleaning removes bacteria that cause gums to bleed.
If we notice an infection or the start of one, we will prescribe an antibiotic or antimicrobial medication. Catching periodontal disease and infections early may eliminate the need for surgery or tooth extractions. However, there are times that surgical procedures are necessary to remove deep infected periodontal pockets. Your periodontal specialists will advise you on the most appropriate treatment plant for your lifestyle and situation.
At Dr. Patty Miami, we know that dental visits can be a source of anxiety. Let our skilled periodontal specialists gently remove disease-causing bacteria from your gums while you comfortably relax watching your favorite TV show. Or drift off into a blissful state of calm with one of our sedation dentistry options.
Your comfort and wellness are our top priorities, so we will suggest non-surgical alternatives whenever possible. We offer scaling, root cleaning, and minimally invasive periodontal therapies that shrink pockets of bacteria combined with medications to clear up any infections you may have.
Minimally Invasive Treatment For Advanced Periodontal Disease With Lanap®
Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP®) is an FDA cleared periodontal treatment that removes infected and decayed gum tissue and vanishes tartar and bacteria from the gum line.
In contrast to traditional gum surgery, which involves general anesthetic because it can be very painful, laser-assisted treatments do not require any scalpels or sutures, so you can receive treatment and get back to your day with virtually no interruption to your lifestyle.
To perform LANAP, your periodontal specialist at Dr. Patty Miami will guide the laser down into any existing gum pockets of bacteria. The powerful – yet painless – LANAP laser disintegrates diseased gum tissue and vaporizes harmful pathogens.
Some of the benefits of choosing LANAP include:
- Minimal bleeding and inflammation
- No cuts or stitches
- Saves teeth
- Faster treatment and recovery times
- Promotes bone regeneration
Preventing Gum Disease
You can prevent periodontal disease by brushing and flossing your teeth daily. Regular dental – at least once a year, but ideally two – are also essential for your oral and overall health. Other steps you can take to tackle gum disease include:
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Avoiding sugary and processed foods
- Reducing stress
- Quitting smoking
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