Periodontic dentistry is concerned with treating gum disease and gum problems. Periodontal (gum) diseases are serious infections that left untreated can lead to tooth loss and other systemic problems.  According to American Academy of Periodontology (

“Bacteria in your mouth can be aspirated into the lungs to cause respiratory disease such as pneumonia, especially in people with gum disease.”

“Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease.”

“Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small.”

There is also evidence of possible association between gum disease and kidney problems, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and even Alzheimer’s disease.  Periodontal disease is a disease that should not be ignored, the bacteria and inflammatory agents can spread into the blood stream and pose a threat to other organs and parts of the body.

The range of treatments in periodontic dentistry include:

  • Deep cleaning and root planing
  • Aesthetic gingivectomy
  • Periodontal crown-lengthening surgery
  • Gingival graft
  • Bone grafting
  • Dental implants

We have a periodontal specialist in the office:

Dr. “Mak” Ghiai, D.D.S., M.S.D. received his Doctor of Dental Surgery and his MSD in Periodontics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  He also has two bachelors degrees from Case Western and University of South Florida.  He is a member of American Academy of Periodontology.  Dr. Ghia has been a periodontal care provider for Florida Dental Centers for over 19 years.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 18 years and his daughter.

The term “periodontal disease” or “gum disease” (pyorrhea) refers to gingivitis and periodontitis.  Gingivitis is an inflammatory condition of the gingiva caused by factors such as smoking, certain drugs, hormonal changes from puberty and pregnancy or influenced by the individual’s immune and inflammatory response.  Periodontitis follows after gingivitis and involves the destruction of the supporting structure of the teeth.  If left untreated, periodontitis can cause tooth loss, mouth odor or halitosis.

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