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What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the supporting structures of the teeth including the gums, cementum, periodontal membranes, and alveolar bone. Periodontal disease is more commonly known as Gum Disease and it is an inflammatory disease that is a result of the body’s natural response to the presence of harmful bacteria.

The disease is initially called gingivitis in its early stage and if left untreated it can progress, leading to the eventual destruction of the supporting gum tissue and bone, causing teeth to loosen or even fall out.

Why should I see a Periodontist?

A Periodontist has undertaken further post-graduate training in the field of Periodontics and therefore has an increased skill-set when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. The Periodontist is able to handle more complex and challenging cases and has the expertise and equipment that is not usually available in general dental practice.

What are the kinds of problems that Periodontics deals with?

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

How does periodontal treatment work?

Treatment usually involves a Deep Cleaning which is essentially the removal of bacteria and deposits from the tooth’s surface below the gum line. Medications can also be given to help control the disease.

Our team of Hygienists and Periodontal specialists can discuss various options with you, depending on the severity of your condition.

What are the benefits of periodontal treatment?

Receiving treatment for periodontal disease can increase the lifespan of your teeth, meaning that you get to keep your natural dentition and avoid more complex, expensive tooth replacement treatments.

Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your teeth! Scientific research has revealed links between untreated periodontal disease and general health problems, such as links with diabetes, heart diseases, strokes and premature births in mothers with periodontal problems. Treating the disease as early as possible is essential for dental and general health.

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