Periodontics refers to the diagnosis and treatment of the oral cavity and supporting structures of the teeth, which are largely comprised of the gums. The health of the tissues around the roots of the teeth is of paramount importance for the long-term health of the dentition. The Periodontium is the name given to the gum, the bone surrounding the roots of the teeth and the periodontal ligament, which attaches the root to the bone.
In some susceptible patients, the Periodontium can become inflamed, damaged and destroyed by bacteria that live in the patient’s mouth. If no intervention is made, Periodontal disease, commonly known as Gum Disease can eventually cause tooth loss.
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Early signs of gum disease that you may become aware of are bleeding of the gums, a bad odour from the teeth, mobility of the teeth and occasionally discomfort from the teeth.
Early diagnosis and treatment of this problem can limit the extent of the damage to the stability of the teeth and improve the gum and general health.
Early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease
Once a patient has been diagnosed with Periodontal Disease, the next step is discussing the treatment to cure gum disease effectively. If the problem is identified in the early stages, treatment will usually be a procedure called scaling and root planning. This requires removing the plaque and calculus pockets that have developed and is followed by a deep clean and smoothing of the root surface.
This simple course will help aid the teeth back to health. However, when a diagnosis is made at an advanced stage of periodontal disease, more detailed treatment is required. Advanced cases of Gum Disease may involve surgical action and/or medication subject to what is deemed the most appropriate treatment for each individual case.
What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is the field of dentistry, which involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth. This is mainly the gums and jaw bone. A dentist specialising in this, is called a Periodontist.
What is Gingivitis?
Gum disease is described as swelling, tenderness or infection of the gums and surrounding supportive tissues of the teeth. The two main forms of gum disease are Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease.
Am I likely to suffer from gum disease?
Most people experience some form of gum disease, and it is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, because the disease develops very slowly in most people, if treated in time, it can slow down the effects of the disease to a rate that should allow you to keep most of your teeth for life.
What do I do if I think I have gum disease?
The first thing to do is visit our Dental Team at 53 Wimpole Street for a comprehensive check-up of your teeth and gums. We will measure the ‘cuff’ of gum around each tooth to see if there are any signs of Periodontal Disease. This assessment is essential for deciding which Treatment is the best option.
Once I have had Periodontal Disease, can I get it again?
There is no cure for Periodontal Disease, but it can be controlled through thorough home care, which your Dentist will be able to advise you one. Further loss of bone will be gradual and it may stop altogether if you ensure all plaque is removed daily through good oral hygiene habits at home.
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