Periodontics deals with the treatment of periodontal disease, known as gum disease. A Periodontist studies supporting structures of teeth including the gums, bones, and ligaments. Post graduate training is required to earn a degree in periodontics.

It is estimated that 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease. Since gum disease is known as a silent disease, where patients don’t typically experience painful symptoms, it is not unusual for it to go undetected until it is too late.

Periodontal disease affects not only the gums but the bone that supports teeth. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to teeth loss, gum discomfort and receding gums.

Causes of periodontal disease:

  • Bacterial plaque buildup
  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medications
  • Grinding or clenching one’s teeth

Our doctors employ a variety of treatments to aid gum disease depending on its severity. Non-surgical treatments, such as scaling and root planing, are used for less severe cases. These treatments involve removing plaque and tartar from deep gum pockets through the thorough cleaning of root surfaces. Periodontists are also able to offer a variety of cosmetic procedures used to aid one’s oral appearance.

Remember that 3 out of 4 adults have some form of gum disease. Schedule your consultation today; our dentists can detect gum disease in its early stages before it becomes a problem.

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