Periodontics is an area of dentistry that treats the area "around" a tooth, including gums, bone and supporting ligaments.
What does it consist of?
Most common periodontal services consist of scaling and root planning ("deep cleaning"), crown lengthening and dental implants.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease affects the gums, bone and other supporting tissues of the teeth. Although most individuals suffer gum inflammation from time to time, around 10% of the population appear to suffer from the more severe forms of the disease which cause loss of supporting bone. This group appears to be at greatest risk of losing teeth through periodontal disease. It is caused by the bacteria which regularly collect on the teeth.
What causes Periodontal Disease?
3 major factors are thought to be responsible for the cause of periodontal disease which include family history, stress and smoking. Stopping smoking is an important part of reducing the risk of developing the disease. Certain general diseases such as diabetes may also make an individual more susceptible.
What to look our for;
Symptoms of periodontal disease vary significantly and may include gums that bleed when brushing, together with signs of more advanced disease such as movement or drifting of the teeth. However, it is possible to have the disease and not be aware of these signs. It is essential to see your dentist regularly so that special assessment techniques, sometimes including x-rays, can be carried out as part of your routine dental examinations.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact one of the team at A-List Dentistry.