Most people think of just their teeth when they hear the word “dentistry,” but a dentist must pay attention to so much more than that! When you schedule an appointment with Majestic Dentistry, we provide many types of oral healthcare including periodontics.
What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is a branch of dentistry specialized in the study and treatment of the structure surrounding teeth. Your teeth are not just pieces of enamel stuck in your jaw. They are part of a very complex structure of bone, soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. This structure that surrounds and supports your teeth is called the periodontium. A dentist must also examine the health of your periodontium when ensuring optimal oral health.
What is Periodontitis?
When the periodontium becomes infected or inflamed, periodontitis can occur. Severe periodontitis can lead to your teeth loosening or falling out if it is ignored for too long.
Some common causes and risk factors for periodontitis are:
- Infrequent or improper brushing or flossing that allows bacteria to sit on your gums and teeth too long.
- Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) that is not treated.
- Consumption of corrosive food or drink.
- Dry mouth.
- Smoking or tobacco use.
Some symptoms of periodontitis are:
- Swollen, puffy, or shiny gums.
- Red or purple gums.
- Gums that are sensitive or painful to touch.
- Pockets of pus on your gums.
- Receding gum line.
- Teeth that are loosening or falling out.
Prompt treatment for periodontitis can save your teeth and reduce your risk for more invasive dental work including artificial teeth restoration. Even if you are not experiencing any pain, it is crucial that you have a dentist examine your periodontal health regularly.
Our Periodontic Care
To keep your periodontium in good health, we provide thorough periodontal examinations and cleanings. Our scaling and deep cleaning techniques can reach areas of your teeth and gums that a normal toothbrush cannot get to. We can also clean below the gum line to eliminate any bacteria that may infect your gum tissue if left alone for too long.
For severe cases of periodontitis, Dr. Holly may recommend surgical treatment. We can discuss this option with you and any concerns you might have.
No part of your oral health should ever be left behind! Contact Majestic Dentistry today to schedule dental care including periodontal examination.