Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the supporting and investing structures of the teeth including the gums, cementum, periodontal ligaments, and alveolar bone.
What is Periodontics Treatment?
One of the most common issues a periodontist will treat, periodontal disease, involves inflammation and/or bleeding of the gums. If left untreated, it can result in teeth loosening and even falling out. Doctors may also refer to this as gum disease or periodontitis. It has also been linked to more serious conditions affecting your heart , including heart disease.
Dr. Panchal will help prevent and detect gum disease with regular dental cleanings to remove plaque or tartar that are difficult to reach and remove during regular brushing and flossing. This is just one reason that your regular professional cleanings remain so important.
Another non-surgical treatment called scaling and root planning may be performed. During this deeper cleaning procedure is done under local anaesthetic, the doctor will scrape away (scale) plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line. Then he will smoothen (plane) any rough spots on your roots to remove bacteria, restoring a clean surface so your gums can reattach to your teeth.
Other surgical procedures to restore your gums and other supporting structures of your teeth may be performed:
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can contribute to other health problems including heart disease and diabetes. If you're pregnant, having periodontal disease is also linked to premature birth or low birth weight. Your smile's health affects the overall health of your body.
Is periodontal disease treatable?
Gum disease is both preventable and treatable. Today's periodontal treatments provide you with a variety of options that are gentle, safe, and effective. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or gum disease, your periodontist can help you determine what treatment best meets your needs. Periodontal treatments include:
Am I at risk of having periodontal disease?
You may be at risk of having periodontal disease if you smoke or use tobacco products, you do not brush your teeth and floss regularly, you have health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or osteoporosis, or if several of your family members have had gum disease as it can, in some cases, be genetic. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Panchal who can help determine if treatment is necessary.