Dental Periodontics: preventing gum and periodontal disease

posted byMuse Dental GroupOctober 6, 2020

Have you heard the term periodontics or periodontal treatment, but are not sure what they mean?

Look no further, this article will answer all of your burning questions!

Periodontics focuses on diagnosing and treating damaged teeth and their structure, which may have been effected by periodontal disease.

Periodontics is essential for treating tooth and gum disease, specifically periodontal disease.

In this post, we will explain what periodontics is and the main periodontal treatments.

Let’s learn more about periodontics together with these points:

Dental periodontics: What does it mean?

Periodontics is a dental specialty that evaluates, diagnoses, and treats patients with gum-inflammation and periodontal disease.

Your gums, teeth and their structure can be severely damaged by inflammatory periodontal disease.

However, your periodontist can diagnose and treat the affected areas.

Periodontists are experts in preserving and reconstructing your teeth and their structure.

They are also trained medical professionals who can replace your teeth with dental implants if necessary. Periodontists are also specialists in treating oral inflammation.

If you need a personalized consultation with a professional periodontist, we’ll be happy to welcome you to Muse Dental Group.

Your experienced periodontist will perform a dental checkup and will evaluate the best treatment options with you.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease - also known as periodontitis or gum disease - is an inflammatory disease that affects your gums and your teeth. It attacks the soft tissue that surrounds your tooth, and if it is left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss.

This gum disease usually starts with a gum inflammation called gingivitis. If the inflammation progresses, it can lead to periodontitis which affects the gums and the bone that supports the tooth.

Periodontitis develops because of accumulated plaque on your teeth and poor oral hygiene. It can be prevented through regular and effective brushing, flossing, and oral checkups.

However, if you develop a periodontal inflammation, you can get it treated. Your periodontist will help restore and reconstruct your teeth .

Gingivitis and periodontal symptoms:

  • Swollen and red/dark red gums

  • Tender gums

  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing

  • Bad breath

  • Pus between your teeth and gums

  • Painful chewing

  • New spaces developing between your teeth

  • Receding gums (seeing a larger portion of your tooth)

  • Loose teeth or loss of teeth

  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

If you experience more than one of these symptoms, book an appointment with your periodontist as soon as possible.

Dental periodontics: Treatments and Procedures

During your dental consultation, your periodontist will discuss the best periodontal treatment option for you. The periodontal procedure will depend on the severity of the periodontitis and on how the tooth has been affected (tooth damage or decay, tooth loss...etc.).

Scaling and root planing:

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical periodontal procedure.

It involves a deep cleaning of the surface of the roots of your teeth to remove plaque and tartar from deep periodontal pockets.

Your periodontist then smooths the surfaces of your roots to remove the presence of calculus, toxins, and microorganisms.

The tissue surrounding your teeth can start healing once the plaque and calculus are removed from the periodontal pockets.

Scaling and root planing can be followed by a dental care treatment that your periodontist will recommend to you if needed.

After a scaling and root planing procedure, many patients do not require additional treatment.

Establishing a sustainable dental routine, however, is important to maintain your oral health.

Dental implants:

Dental implants are a good option for patients that have lost one or more teeth due to periodontal disease.

It is a surgical procedure that restores the function and appearance of your teeth.

Your periodontist anchors a dental implant into the bone of a missing tooth to replace it. They then lay the foundation for an artificial tooth.

Dental implants are generally made of titanium or a mixture of titanium and are natural-looking and discrete. They are also highly durable but also require excellent oral care, like your natural teeth.

See a periodontal specialist at Muse Dental Group

Periodontists are experts in preserving and reconstructing your teeth and their structure. If you’ve been experiencing gingivitis and symptoms of periodontal disease, it is important that you consult a periodontist.

Dr. G. Bardakjian, our experienced periodontist at Muse Dental Group, would be happy to have you for a dental consultation. He is a trained expert at treating periodontal disease and placing dental implants.

You’ll receive the best care so that you can achieve and maintain a healthy smile!

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