Dr. M. Ihsan Kayali
Clinical Assistance Professor - Advanced Periodontics, School of Dentistry, USC
Our patients receive the highest level of care using the latest state-of-art periodontal care equipment and techniques. Using the latest imaging and modeling techniques, Dr. Kayali places implants in the most accurate way to give the full comfort and use of natural teeth.
In our office, we are able to improve the oral health of our patients-which is directly related to the overall health and quality of life. We also have the ability to replace teeth and perform cosmetic procedures that dramatically affect a patient’s appearance and self-image.
Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of care in a caring and safe environment. In order to do this, we use the most current periodontal procedures, instruments, medications, and sterilization techniques.
What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement and repair of dental implants.During the first visit, the periodontist usually reviews the patient’s complete medical and dental histories. It is extremely important for the periodontist to know if any medications are being taken or if the patient is being treated for any condition that can affect periodontal care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.
The periodontist examines the gums, checks to see if there is any gum line recession, assesses how the teeth fit together when biting, and checks the teeth to see if any are loose. The periodontist will also take a small measuring instrument called a probe and place it between the teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets; this helps the periodontist assess the health of the gums. X-rays may also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line.
While no dental procedure is 100% comfortable, we go to great lengths to minimize any discomfort you might feel. Many of our patients remark, “This wasn’t even painful? How did you do that?” The following are some of the latest techniques we use to provide you with as comfortable an experience as possible.