Periodontics describes the study and treatment of issues that involve your gums and other supportive dental tissues. For instance, gum disease (or periodontal disease), which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, can often be prevented or expertly treated with the expertise of a periodontist. If you have developed serious gum disease, or if a dental examination reveals the presence of gingivitis, then we may recommend an appropriate level of periodontic treatment to help prevent more serious consequences.

The Signs of Periodontal Disease

Though often called gum disease, periodontal disease affects more than just the soft pink tissues that surround the roots of your teeth. It can also destroy connective tissues that hold your teeth’s roots in place in your jawbone, as well as deteriorate the integrity of your jawbone itself. Left untreated, the destruction can lead to the loss of one or more of your teeth; however, in its earlier stages (known as gingivitis), the signs of gum disease may not seem so dramatic. If you exhibit any of the following symptoms, then schedule an appointment as soon as possible to determine if periodontal disease is to blame;

  • Swollen, tender gum tissues
  • Bleeding in your gums when you brush/floss your teeth
  • Persistent bad breath, even after you’ve brushed your teeth
  • Dark-colored areas along your gums

How Periodontics Can Help

If gingivitis is present, then the condition may be treated with a comprehensive periodontal cleaning. More involved than a routine dental cleaning, the process describes cleaning bacteria, plaque, and tartar from underneath the gum tissues, then smoothing the tooth roots so that the microbes have more trouble clinging to them.

For more advanced cases of gum disease, specialized periodontal treatment may be required to more effectively control the disease and restore damaged periodontal tissues. By treating gum disease and restoring your smile’s foundation, you may have a better chance of regaining control of your oral health before you lose one or more teeth.