Periodontics is a field of dentistry that is intentionally preventive in nature. When someone has periodontal disease it means that an excessive amount of plaque and calculus (tartar) have accumulated around the teeth leading to deterioration of the supporting structure of your teeth (which can include the jawbone). It can be characterized and identified by red, swollen and bleeding gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually lead to tooth loss from deterioration of the gums and bone.
Because the early stages of periodontal disease are usually painless, it is often not noticeable to the patient. Some of the signs and symptoms of developing periodontal disease include the following:
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Increased spaces between teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus around the gums and teeth
- Receding gums around a tooth
- Red and inflamed gums
- Tenderness and discomfort around the teeth
Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks that are associated with periodontal disease. We make an effort to prevent the disease, and if present, to treat it with procedures to return your mouth to optimum health.
To avoid advancement of periodontal disease, patients should practice good oral hygiene, eat a balanced diet, and attend regularly scheduled dental appointments. If there is any pain or discomfort surrounding your teeth or gums, it is strongly recommended that you schedule an appointment with a dentist.