In the field of periodontics, we offer a number of services. These include:
- Antibiotic treatment
- Scaling and planing
- Oral cancer exam
Reasons For Periodontic Work
Gum disease in its most mild form is referred to as gingivitis. This is a progressive condition, beginning with concentrated areas of inflammation. In its advanced form, it is the leading cause of tooth loss. Symptoms, such as red, bleeding, painful, inflamed gums, should be taken seriously, though there are times when no symptoms exist. Our practice can teach you how the early stages can be treated with home cleaning.
Gingivitis eventually develops to periodontal disease. This means bacteria living in the plaque on your teeth infects the surrounding gum tissue. As the infection takes over the tissue, the jawbone will recede, ultimately causing loose teeth. Sometimes the level of disease is advanced enough that a referral to a specialist called a periodontist. Conditions necessitating periodontic referral might be.
Moderate/advanced gum disease – Gums are bleeding, swollen and red, thus causing the beginning of recession.
Localized gum recession – The infection has deepened, affecting certain areas of gums intensely. This could also be a product of over-brushing or an ill-positioned tooth. Immediate intervention is needed at this point.
Crown lengthening – Gum tissue is eliminated in order to expose more of the tooth.
Ridge augmentation – Once all infection is cleared from the gums, this recontouring process will correct an uneven gum line.
It is absolutely imperative that periodontal disease is discovered and treated immediately. This is a progressive infection, meaning if oral health is ignored for too long, the jawbone will regress significantly and we will be unable to save the loose teeth. Periodontists are trained in implants, which will allow function to be restored to the mouth. Early recognition cannot be overstated so that the bacteria can be eradicated and the damage contained.