Periodonticsat Dentalcare Langley
What is Periodontics?
Periodonticsis the area of dentistry that looks specifically at the supporting structures surrounding the teeth and the disease and treatment which affects them.
Supporting structures include the gums, the jaw bone, the cementum which connects the tooth to the jaw bone and the periodontal ligament which holds the tooth in place to the jaw bone.
At Dentalcare Langley, we have highly qualified dentists specialise in periodontics.
What can be treated?
At Dentalcare, our periodontistsdevote a lot of their time to gum disease – both in treating it and preventing it. Gum disease is the prime cause of tooth loss and yet many patients do not think about their gums until it is too late. The good news is that gum disease is treatable and preventable. A good oral hygiene does not take long to establish or manage and yet it can have a noticeable difference on your health. Healthy gums and teeth have a proven link to your general health and well-being, so taking time to look after your gums really does have huge implications.
A periodontist at Dentalcare Langley will treat:
This refers to the build-up of plaque on your teeth. When it isn’t treated, your gums can become inflamed and painful which is gingivitis.
Gingivitis can develop into periodontitis if left untreated. This is where the gums begin to pull away from the tooth leaving pockets which contain bacteria that can become inflamed and infected.
Periodontists are also experts in replacing missing teeth. They can help with dental implants, gum graft surgery and other plastic surgery procedures.
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Our dentists and hygienists at Dentalcare work with you to educate you about how to develop and maintain a good oral hygiene which will prevent periodontitis. We aim always to prevent periodontitis rather than treating it.
Initial treatment will consist of professional cleaning of the tooth root surfaces and the periodontal pockets. More advanced treatment may require minor surgical processes to correct issues with the tooth or bone or gum. Examples could include gum grafting and reducing the pockets within the gums.
The benefits of visiting a periodontist
The benefits of visiting a periodontist at Dentalcare Langley is mostly preventative:
- You can prevent tooth decay and tooth loss. By treating any issues with gums early, it can mean further prevention to the erosion of your teeth and gums in the future
- Prevent bone loss
- Improve your smile. Neglecting teeth and gums so that they become unattractive can affect your confidence
Frequently asked questions
What is periodontitis?
Periodontitisis the professional term for gum disease. It can start with an infection and lead to serious problems with your gums resulting in tooth removal.
What causes periodontal disease?
Mostly periodontitis is caused by poor dental hygiene. The build-up of plaque leads to damage to the gums.
What are the symptoms of periodontitis?
Gum disease is notoriously hard to treat with little or no symptoms. Early symptoms can include bleeding whilst brushing, redness and swelling of the gums.
Do many people suffer with periodontal disease?
Yes, almost half the population has periodontitis in some form with about 10% experiencing the most severe form which causes tooth loss.