What Is Periodontics?
Periodontics is the dental term devoted to everything that is “around the tooth.” This includes tooth roots, gums, and jawbone. A periodontist is a dentist who works around the tooth. A periodontist specializes in diagnosing and treating problems that affect the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth. A periodontist focuses on periodontics, which is the health of your gums and jawbone as well as dental implant surgical therapy.
Here at Etesse Holistic & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have a board-certified periodontist on our team that works directly with patients in our office. This allows our patients to receive many procedures right in our office without needing to visit an off-site periodontist!
Our Board-Certified Periodontist
Dr. Travis Steinberg, a San Diego native and distinguished graduate of UCLA, is a devoted periodontist dedicated to elevating the oral well-being of Solana Beach residents. His unwavering commitment to understanding the intricate link between oral and systemic health shapes his patient-centered approach. With a specialization in periodontal and dental implant surgery, Dr. Steinberg not only brings academic excellence but also practical expertise to our practice. He continues his association with UCLA by serving as the literature course director for the current cohort of residents, contributing significantly to the education and training of upcoming periodontal professionals.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Dr. Steinberg finds joy in various activities outside the dental office. An avid sports enthusiast, he embraces the benefits of an active lifestyle. Alongside his wife, Dr. Etesse, he enjoys exploring new culinary delights at restaurants and discovering the serenity of hiking trails. This personal connection extends seamlessly into their professional collaboration, ensuring a unified and comprehensive approach to dental care for our patients.
Periodontal Procedures Offered at Etesse Holistic & Cosmetic Dentistry
Our in-house periodontist, Dr. Travis Steinberg, is trained in many types of oral procedures. He can help you with gum disease, missing teeth, tongue ties, and more!
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, typically made from titanium, that we place into your jawbone. These implants provide a robust base to support replacement teeth, like crowns, bridges, or dentures. This gives you a natural-looking and functioning tooth, bringing your smile back to life.
Bone grafts are often performed alongside dental implant surgery. If a person does not have enough bone tissue to support teeth or implants, a bone graft may be needed. Bone grafts help reinforce the dental bone that is needed for stabilizing teeth.
Sinus lifts are a surgical procedure that adds bone to the upper jaw. The bone is placed around the area that supports the molars and premolars. A sinus lift is often needed before getting dental implants if there isn’t enough bone in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, for the implants to be placed.
Gum Recession Treatment
Gum recession is when the gum tissue is pulling away from your teeth and exposing the roots underneath.
This can make your teeth more sensitive and vulnerable to cavities. Our periodontist can help diagnose and provide nonsurgical and surgical treatments for gum recession, depending on the severity.
If needed, our periodontist can treat gum recession through surgery. In gum recession surgery, our periodontist will use a gum graft to replace the missing gum tissue and stitch it in place.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontitis is a gum disease that can cause red, bleeding, or swollen gums. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, our periodontist could prescribe a non-surgical or surgical periodontal disease treatment.
For the nonsurgical approach, our periodontist could recommend scaling and root planing to do a deep dental cleaning. For a surgical treatment for periodontal disease, our periodontist could recommend flap surgery, dental bone grafts, or gum grafts.
Our periodontist will answer any questions you might have about your treatment plan!
LANAP Periodontal Regeneration
The LANAP Protocol is a laser based treatment for gum disease. It stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. The LANAP protocol uses the Millenium PerioLase® MVP-7 Laser, which is the only laser procedure that is FDA certified for true periodontal regeneration. The laser operates at a specific wavelength that targets the bacteria that contribute to gum disease while leaving healthy tissues intact.
Patient benefits of LANAP laser periodontal surgery include faster healing, less discomfort, reduced inflammation, reduced gum recession, and decreased complications for patients with health concerns.
Dr. Travis Steinberg is an expert in treating gum disease as a board certified periodontist and is a member of the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry. He completed an extensive year-long course in order to bring the LANAP protocol to his patients. While not every patient is a candidate for laser periodontal surgery, it is an important treatment option to consider. If you are concerned about your gum health, ask about LANAP at your next visit with Etesse Holistic and Cosmetic Dentistry.
A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure that we perform to remove or adjust the small bands of tissue connecting your lips to your gums, or your tongue to the floor of your mouth, known as frenums.
Sometimes, these frenums can be overly thick or tight, limiting movement and causing issues such as speech difficulties, gum recession, or gaps between teeth. By carefully removing or adjusting this tissue, we can alleviate these problems and improve your oral function and comfort. It’s typically a quick procedure with minimal discomfort and recovery time.
Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) for Faster and Better Healing
At our dental practice, we use Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) to help improve bone and soft tissue regeneration. PRF is made from a small sample of your blood that is spun in a centrifuge to create a membrane that is placed on your surgical site. This procedure is very simple and ensures that the surgical site is free from infection and heals faster.
Call Today to Schedule an Appointment with Our On-Site Periodontist!
Our board-certified periodontist is able to provide you with the treatments you need for healthier gums! No need to travel to multiple dental offices to see a periodontist, we have one right here in our office! Call today to schedule your appointment so you can start your treatment for healthier gums!