Many people are not aware that periodontics is not a complicated thing: in fact, it is just anything that your dentist will to when it comes to gum disease. In fact, some dentist will continue to train for years after their colleagues in order to become experts in gum and bone disease.
Gum disease will start as mild inflammation around the gums and tooth line, but can quickly progress to tooth loss, and so should never be taken lightly. If you notice that your gums are slightly swollen, and bleed easily, then you should tell your dentist.
The reason that we get gum disease is because we allow plaque to sit in our mouths, and that harbors bacteria that will start to eat away at healthy teeth and gums. If this bacteria is not treated it will become a full blown infection, which can lead to gum recession and even tooth loss.
You may require periodontal treatment if you have:
- Gum disease which is causing your gum line to recede around your teeth
- Gum recession in some areas of your mouth but not others
- Crown lengthening, as it is not possible to do if there is gum disease present
- Uneven gum line and you wish to have ridge augmentation, which also cannot be done if there is gum disease present
Of course, if the gum disease is not very far advanced, then it is possible for you and your dentist to work together to prevent it from getting so. A deep cleaning called a scaling can remove all that plaque and tartar so that he bacteria does not have anywhere to live. If any teeth are lost, you will need to speak to Dr. Woods about whether you want to replace the tooth in order to re-create your smile again.
Call (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods, DDS.