Periodontics is the specialty branch of comprehensive family dentistry that is concerned with the prevention and treatment of diseases of the gums and bones surrounding the teeth. These diseases include gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums (gingiva), and periodontitis, a serious bacterial infection that can destroy the fibers and bone that hold your teeth in place. Left untreated, these conditions can lead to tooth loss and even heart disease.
Non-surgical periodontal treatments are an option for comprehensive family dentistry that can be sufficient in some cases. Planing is a treatment that consists of the cleaning and smoothing of the root surfaces so the gum tissue can attach more firmly to the root. This can help reduce sensitivity and prevent tooth loss. Scaling is a therapeutic treatment that involves the removal of plaque and calculus from deep periodontal pockets. When necessary, non-surgical treatment is followed by the application of antimicrobials.
The following procedures are used by comprehensive family dentistry to treat patients diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease:
If you’re diagnosed with periodontal disease and/or soft tissue erosion, periodontal surgery may be recommended. This becomes necessary when the tissue around your teeth has become so unhealthy or has eroded so much that non-surgical treatments alone will not repair it. In severe cases where periodontal surgery cannot repair the structures that hold the tooth in place, tooth extraction may be needed. If you’ve already lost one or more teeth, dental implants can be a great option for restoring your smile.
If you’ve already lost a tooth or teeth to periodontal disease or other reasons you may be interested in dental implants. A dental implant is a Titanium screw that is surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone as an anchor for a natural looking crown. Dental implants restore the natural appearance and function of missing teeth so you can speak and eat with confidence.
Skill and technique on the part of the periodontist are critical for comfort during a periodontic procedure. At Falmouth Dental Associates, our doctors are specialists with years of experience in periodontics. We will give you care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your teeth following periodontic treatment.
Download a helpful guide to Periodontics here, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about periodontics or to schedule an oral health consultation with one of our doctors.