Periodontics is specializing in the tissue (gums) surrounding the teeth. The Amazing Smiles team deals with a variety of patients who have periodontics-related problems. Amazing Smiles offers patients various methods of periodontal therapy and treatments.
In line with the conservative approach of Amazing Smiles, scaling and root planning is the most commonly used means of treating periodontal disease. Scaling involves the removal of tartar and plaque which exist on the tooth’s surface. This process mainly deals with the areas below the gum line and those along the root. Root planning involves smoothing down root surfaces that are susceptible to attacks from plaque.
Gum disease can provide great discomfort to patients in terms of bleeding gums, bad breath and even irritation in the mouth. With Amazing Smiles, you can put an end to these problems! Visit Amazing Smiles today to find out more about periodontal treatment options for your oral problems.
What Is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Periodontal disease is the disease of the gum and its surrounding area. It is caused when there are plaque and tartar forming around the teeth that gradually cause inflammation in the gums. If left unchecked, this bacterial infection begins to cause damage around the bone of the tooth, triggering bone loss around the tooth. That becomes a periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease, where only the gums are affected. Without medical intervention at this stage, the disease progresses to its more severe phase, eventually leading to tooth loss. New research in this area is pointing towards more serious health effects of periodontal disease that may go well beyond oral health.
Periodontal disease can be prevented if one maintains good oral hygiene practices, and makes regular visits to the dentist every six months for check-ups. Essentially, the disease is caused when the plaque and tartar remain on the teeth for a long time. These contain bacteria that can cause inflammation of the gums, which is Gingivitis. This is a milder form of the disease that can be stopped with the professional cleaning of the teeth and gums by a dentist regularly.
Periodontitis is the advanced form of the disease that may happen if gingivitis is left untreated for too long. The gums begin to loosen up, giving way to infection inside the teeth. This infection can eventually go up to the bone and tissue that support the teeth and erode their strength. As a result, the teeth may not be able to hold on strongly in their position, and may eventually have to be taken out.
Regular brushing and flossing of the teeth at least twice a day is the primary care that a person must take to prevent the onset of gum disease. Periodic visits to the dentist can ensure that the disease gets caught early, and preventive measures can be taken promptly.
What are the signs of periodontal (gum) disease?
Periodontal disease is the disease of the gum and its surrounding area. It is caused when there is plaque and tartar forming around the teeth that gradually cause inflammation in the gums.