Periodontal disease relates to the health of your gums and the other supporting structures of your teeth, including the cementum, or the surface of the tooth root; the alveolar bone, which is the part of the jawbone that holds the tooth sockets; and the periodontal ligament, which holds the tooth stable within the socket. If any of these tissues become damaged or infected, the health of the tooth is endangered. By treating any periodontal issues, our periodontist prevents tooth loss.
Your role in periodontal health is to keep your teeth and gums as well taken care of as possible. Brush and floss regularly and be sure to visit a dentist. If you notice bleeding in your gums or unusual sensitivity, be sure to bring them to your dentist’s attention.
Treatments for Periodontal Disease
There are several treatments of periodontal disease (or gum disease) designed to preserve your teeth or, in some cases, to replace them. The type of treatment depends upon the type of problem, and can range from relatively simple to more invasive and complicated treatments.
Some of the most common periodontic treatments include:
- Antibiotics for minor inflammation or infection
- Deep cleaning treatments like planing and scaling
- Gum surgery
If your periodontal disease is diagnosed in early stages, treatment is often relatively simple. Gingivitis, an early form of gum disease, is usually treated with special toothpastes or mouthwashes to reduce the inflammation. As periodontal disease becomes more serious, more invasive treatments are necessary. Extreme cases require gum grafting and other types of gum surgery in order to shore up the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. Otherwise, extensive tooth loss is often the result.
Maintaining your natural teeth is of vital importance. Early identification and treatment of any possible periodontal disease will help you avoid tooth loss. Call us today for an appointment and come see our periodontist for a dental check up at Dorval Smiles.