Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It deals explicitly with preventing, managing, and treating periodontal diseases and maintaining oral health. Periodontics involves studying and managing the structures that support the teeth, including the gums, alveolar bone, periodontal ligaments, and other supporting tissues. The primary goal of periodontics is to maintain the health of these structures to ensure the stability and longevity of the teeth. Periodontists, dental specialists in this field, receive additional training beyond general dentistry to become experts in diagnosing, treating, and preventing gum diseases and other conditions related to the supporting structures of the teeth. For the best dental care personalized to your requirements, visit Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.
Periodontal diseases, also known as gum diseases, are inflammatory conditions that affect the gums and other supporting structures of the teeth. Bacterial infections primarily cause these diseases and can lead to significant damage if left untreated.
Periodontal diseases can have severe consequences for oral health if not treated on time. They can lead to tooth loss, impact oral function, and potentially contribute to systemic health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Regular dental checkups, professional cleanings, and good oral hygiene at home are essential for preventing and managing periodontal diseases. If you notice any signs of gum disease, such as redness, swelling, bleeding, or persistent bad breath, consult with our dentist or periodontist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Symptoms of Periodontal Diseases
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Gum sensitivity
- Gum pocket formation
- Bad breath
Treatments Option for Periodontal Diseases
Scaling and Root Planing
This is a deep cleaning procedure that involves removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth and their roots. It helps to eliminate infection-causing agents to promote gum healing.
Pocket Reduction Surgery
Surgical intervention may be necessary for advanced periodontitis, where deep pockets have formed between the gums and teeth. The gum tissue is folded back during pocket reduction surgery, and the bacterial deposits and diseased tissue are removed. The gum tissue is then repositioned to reduce the pocket depth and promote healing.
Laser-assisted periodontal therapy involves using a dental laser to remove infected tissue and bacteria from the gum pockets. The laser energy also helps promote the healing and regeneration of healthy gum tissue.
In cases where gum tissue has been lost due to periodontal disease, gum grafting may be recommended. This procedure involves taking tissue from another area of the mouth and grafting it onto the affected gum area to restore gum tissue and improve the appearance and health of the gums.
Periodontics plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health and preventing the progression of gum disease. For the best dental care tailored to your requirements, visit Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 11645 Wilshire Blvd Ste. 790, Los Angeles, CA 90025, or call (310) 312-0505.