Periodontics is a specialty in dentistry focused on gum disease. Untreated periodontal disease can lead to more than just an unsightly smile-it can cause tooth loss & other more serious health problems.
In its early stages, periodontal disease is caused by excessive toxic bacteria (found in plaque) attacking your mouth’s soft tissues. Red, swollen, or bleeding gums are early warning signs. We can reverse the damage if caught early. If detected late, restorative dentistry can restore your mouth’s health and beauty.
Periodontal disease can be detected & treated by general dentists. Referring complicated or later-stage cases to a specialist is common. In periodontics, periodontists specialize in gum disease, oral inflammation, and dental implants. Their expertise in soft-tissue cosmetic procedures, such as gum lifts and crown lengthening, makes them experts in soft-tissue cosmetic procedures.
Patients with gum disease may not experience pain, but they may notice bad breath, changes in how their teeth fit together when they bite, or bleeding when brushing. These symptoms can be easy to miss, so keep your regular dental appointments. When general dentists perform regular hygiene exams, they look for signs of periodontal disease, but a periodontist can also help.
Periodontists check the color of your gums, whether they recede from your teeth, if they have gaps between them & your teeth, and how easily they bleed. Moreover, they look at your bite (or how your top and bottom teeth line up when closed) & any loose teeth. Furthermore, periodontists are trained to identify patients at higher risk of gum disease.
Because gum disease is associated with other medical conditions, a patient’s gum disease risk isn’t limited to their dental situation. Heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy increase the risk of periodontal disease. It is important to inform your dentist or periodontist if you have any of these conditions. Risk factors also include age, diet, genetics, medications, stress, grinding and smoking habits.
If you are at higher risk for periodontal disease, you can take measures to prevent it. Flossing at least once a day is the best way to prevent cavities at home. Don’t forget your six-month cleaning. You might need more frequent cleanings or regular deep cleanings if your dentist or periodontist believes you are still at high risk.
Periodontal deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, are the gold standard. Cleaning tartar and plaque from teeth under the gums is scaling. Root planing smooths those surfaces so bacteria cannot adhere as easily.
Regular examinations & cleanings will keep your teeth & gums strong & disease-free.
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