Improve your Smile,
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With dental implants from your Ocoee Periodontist, you can eat all types of foods without concerns about chewing or biting. Dental implants looks like your natural teeth and are the best replacement for damaged or missing teeth.
Meet Our Specialist
"Integrity is paramount to my treatment philosophy. The trust between my patients and I, gives them confidence in knowing I will only offer treatment that is necessary to treat their concerns and improve their oral health."
Dr. Kenia E. Alvarez
Board Certified Periodontist 8 Years Experience
Dr. Kenia E. Alvarez is a highly-regarded Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon with over 8 years of experience. Board certification is only awarded to specialists who have made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of their specialty.
Dr. Alvarez specializes in the treatment of gum disease and offers services that include: dental implants, extractions and bone grafting, bone & soft tissue reconstructive plastic surgery, sinus-augmentation, crown-lengthening, and periodontal microsurgery.
Whenever she’s not helping patients improve their oral health and smiles, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Below are the most commonly asked questions our Ocoee Windermere periodontist receive from patients.
WHAT IS A PERIODONTIST?
A periodontist is an expert in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and dental implant surgeries. If you suffer from gum disease or struggle with maintaining optimal oral health, or are missing single or multiple teeth or have damaged teeth, a thorough assessment and careful diagnosis by our board-certified periodontist is necessary to resolve these issues and restore your smile and improve your oral health.
WHAT TYPE OF PROCEDURES DOES A PERIODONTIST PERFORM?
Periodontists are experts who specialize in wide range of procedures to treat gum disease, replace missing teeth, regenerate lost tissue and restore the supporting structures and underlying bone. Treatments for such conditions includes, but is not limited to, non-surgical periodontal therapy, periodontal microsurgery, sinus augmentation, regenerative procedures, extractions, bone grafting, functional crown lengthening, gum grafting and more. Periodontists are also experts at placing dental implants to replace missing or damaged teeth. They can also perform cosmetic procedures like gummy smile treatment.
IS IT EXPENSIVE TO SEE A PERIODONTIST?
The cost of periodontal surgery varies depending on the type of treatment required and the severity of the condition being treated. It is important to consult with our Ocoee / Windermere periodontist to receive a thorough analysis of your needs to determine the optimum results, treatment options, and cost-effective treatment plan for you.
HOW MUCH DO DENTAL IMPLANTS COST IN OCOEE, WINDERMERE AND WINTER GARDEN?
The cost of dental implants varies based on the number of dental implants required, the type of dental implant chosen (zirconia or titanium), and if additional treatment such as bone grafting or gum grafting is required. In some cases, insurance may cover some of the costs of the treatment. We usually verify benefits before treatment.
IS IT PAINFUL TO GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Mild discomfort is normal during the first few days following dental implant procedures. It can be managed with pain medication recommended by your Ocoee periodontist. Patients may be place under IV Sedation, local anesthesia, or a combination of the two.
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS FOR EVERYONE?
Dental implants are the ideal solution for replacing missing or damaged teeth. Some patients who experience bone loss are told they are not candidates for dental implants. However, most of the time this is not true as there are procedures to replace the missing bone and prepare the mouth for permanent dental implants. Patients who suffer from the most extreme form of bone loss are also candidates for dental implants and can benefit from Zygomatic dental implants.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DENTIST AND A PERIODONTIST?
A periodontist is a dental professional who specializes in treating issues related to the gums, underlying bone structures, and missing or damaged teeth. The cases they treat are more severe and require the skill of a specialist rather than a general dentist to perform various oral surgeries and non-surgical periodontal therapies to treat gum disease, bone loss, and place dental implants. Periodontists are trained in advanced surgical techniques such as periodontal plastic surgery and dental implantology. A Periodontist has 3 years of a extra full time training after completing dental school and therefore have more years of training than a general dentist.
DOES A PERIODONTIST EXTRACT TEETH?
Yes, a periodontist is trained to remove teeth although ironically, they are specially trained to save teeth whenever possible. However, in the case of a damaged or diseased tooth, a periodontist may have no option but to extract the damaged tooth and treat the damaged gum tissue and bone, to stop the spread of periodontal disease and prepare the site for a dental implant. Periodontists can also perform wisdom tooth removal surgeries.
DO I REALLY NEED DENTAL IMPLANTS?
It depends on the needs of each patient. Dental implants offers more than esthetics. Some patients need implants to help them eat/chew their food which allows for a more diverse diet. There are more than 40 years of data available showing more than a 90% success rate of titanium dental implants. The success rate depends on multiple factors such as patient health condition, oral hygiene and overall oral health maintenance.
WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gums caused by the bacteria found in plaque. It begins in its mildest form as gingivitis. Signs of gingivitis include gum tissue that has become sensitive, inflamed, swollen and commonly bleeds when brushing and eating. When left untreated, the bacteria will continue to spread beyond the gum line, destroying the healthy gum tissue and causing the gums to recede from the teeth. When the diseased gum tissue detaches from the teeth and this space widens, periodontal pockets are formed creating an opportunity for bacteria to build up deep within the pockets and further penetrate the gums, eventually spreading to the underlying bone. When the bacteria wears away at the gum tissue and reaches the underlying bone, bone loss can occur. Dr. Alvarez is an expert in performing surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapies to treat gum disease in an effective comfortable way, to restore patients’ oral health.
WHAT DOES A GUMMY SMILE MEAN?
A gummy smile is a reference to when a person displays excess gum tissue when speaking and smiling. In some cases, a gummy smile is caused by excess gingival tissue that covers the teeth, causing them to appear shorter and child-like. In other cases the lip’s natural positioning and movement of the upper lip muscle can expose the gums when speaking creating the appearance of a gummy smile. Many patients report this makes them very self-conscious when smiling and hinders their confidence. Our Ocoee periodontist can help with Gummy smile treatment.
WHAT CAUSES DARK GUMS?
Gum color varies from person to person. However, healthy gums are usually light pink in color and fit tightly around each tooth. Changes in gum tissue color can be caused by smoking, periodontal disease, or could be a sign of an underlying health issue, and should be checked by a periodontist. Some people produce higher levels of melanin and are naturally born with darker gums. For those born with black gums, gum lightening treatments such as gum depigmentation, are available to restore a natural, light pink color to the gum tissue.