Periodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry that aims to diagnose and treat diseases that are affecting the supporting tissues, such as gums and bones, around the roots of teeth and implants.
A Periodontist (who is a specialist in Periodontics) is a dentist who has undergone specialist training in the discipline of Periodontics. So they are specifically trained to perform procedures in this area of dentistry. Periodontics can present more complex and challenging cases then regular dental issues, which is why it is important to have a trained specialist on hand to diagnose and treat the problem. Some treatments may also present technical challenges that may require specialistic equipment which is not routinely available in a general dental practice.
Usually, the only way to identify a periodontal disease is through a periodontal evaluation. You may be in need of a periodontal evaluation if you notice any of these following symptoms:
When you visit your dentist or the hygienist, they will help you fight off the early symptoms of gum disease by removing plaque build-up from the gum line and by thoroughly cleaning your teeth.
While we will treat the initial symptoms of periodontal disease within the practice, if the disease has progressed, we may need to refer you to a specialist.
Periodontal treatment targets the gums and jawbone when they have been damaged by disease or decay.
Leaving gum disease untreated can ultimately lead to the loss of your natural teeth.
There is also increasing evidence that suggests leaving untreated periodontal diseases for too long can lead to general health problems later on down the line. There is on-going research that links diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, strokes, heart/cardiovascular diseases, as well as premature births in mothers with periodontal problems.
Those that regularly smoke are believed to be at much higher risk of having periodontal problems in comparison to non-smokers. Doctors and other medical specialists are becoming increasingly aware of the need for periodontal treatment before suggesting alternative medical treatment.
We have a specialist trained periodontist here at Meadows Dental Care in Peterborough, who if fully trained and qualified to diagnose and treat any periodontal problems. So, if you are currently noticing or struggling with any of the above symptoms or suspect you may need specialistic treatment in periodontics, then get in touch with us today.
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