Periodontics involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and conditions of the bone surrounding the teeth.
Our periodontist is specially trained in treating gum disease – also known as periodontal disease — with both non-surgical and surgical therapies. In some cases, non-surgical options such as scaling and root planing (or carefully cleaning and smoothing the root surfaces) can help restore periodontal health.
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, your periodontist may recommend surgery. Our specialist has expertise in all aspects of periodontal surgery, including bone and tissue grafts, extractions, tissue removal, or dental implants to assist the general dentist in restoring teeth.
Regardless of the treatment you need, we are committed to making sure you are as comfortable and pain-free as possible before, during and after your procedure
Periodontal or gum disease is a serious condition that can harm the bone and surrounding tissues of the teeth, and result in tooth loss.
This is the initial stage of periodontal disease. If treated at this stage, gum disease can be prevented and reversed. If not treated, however, it can lead to periodontitis, which can damage the gums, bones, and other structures that support the teeth. More complex treatment is necessary at this point to prevent tooth loss.
Warning signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Teeth that are loose, separating or changing position
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any changes in the fit of partial dentures
Connection between Gum Disease and other Health Conditions
Research is increasingly showing a strong connection between oral health, specifically gum disease, and certain medical conditions. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, premature birth and low birth-weight babies. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums has been shown to lower your risk for many serious medical conditions.