What is periodontics?
- Periodontics (or periodontology) is the branch of dentistry concerned with diseases of the supporting and surrounding structures of the teeth including the gums, cementum, periodontal membranes and alveolar bone. Periodontal disease is the chronic, bacterial infection of the gums which surround teeth. Untreated, advanced gum disease may result in jaw bone loss and tooth loss.
- What are some common symptoms of gum disease?
Some common gum disease symptoms include tender, red or swollen gums; receding gum-lines; pus between teeth and gums; bad breath; sensitive teeth; bleeding; loose teeth; and change in jaw alignment. If you display any of these signs of gum disease (periodontal disease), visit your dentist or periodontist immediately before advanced gum disease sets in.
- Why, all of a sudden, is my dentist sending me to a periodontist?
Periodontists have advanced training in the treatment of periodontal disease and dental implants. Patients with periodontal infection have low resistance to periodontal bacteria. This causes a continuing gum infection which can grow in bursts. Some factors which can cause a dramatic burst of your periodontal infection are:
- Not Having Regular Dental Cleanings
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Dental Plaque
- Genetic Factors
- Not Having Regular Dental Checkups
- How is periodontal disease treated?
There are a few different treatments for periodontal infection. The goal of treatment is to remove the infectious bacteria from beneath the gums and control its future regrowth.
- Does periodontal treatment hurt?
One of our primary concerns is that you have a comfortable experience during treatment. Towards this end, we offer an extensive array of the latest techniques to minimize discomfort.
- What is going to happen on my first visit?
On your first visit to our office, you will receive a periodontal examination. You should experience little, if any, discomfort during this examination. X-rays (full mouth series) will be taken to further evaluate any loss of bone around your teeth. Afterwards, the findings and options for treatment will be thoroughly explained. At that time, the doctor will answer any questions you may have.