Good dentistry is so much more than just caring for your teeth. Good oral health includes watching out for gum disease, preventing tooth loss, diagnosing and treating any kind of oral problems, and addressing issues that if left untreated could cause future and permanent dental and overall health problems.
What Does Periodontics Mean?
Periodontics is a special focus on the gums and other supporting structures of the teeth. A periodontist is more than just a general dentist, they’re specially trained. They receive specialized education in oral surgical procedures, and how to prevent periodontal disease. These are the kind of dental experts you want to consult you when you’re looking into the placement of dental implants or when you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease).
What Else Can Periodontists Do?
Periodontists graduate from dental school, where they learn the latest techniques for treating periodontal disease. Many of these dentists also gain a lot of their education from the American Academy of Periodontology, learning to better care for their patients. This education gives them the knowledge and skills that enable them to see the warning signs of gum disease, monitor your gum health, and treat those diagnosed at every level of the disease. Treatment usually starts with deep scaling (cleaning), below the gumline to remove plaque and decay. Without removing the plaque and decay, the disease can eventually cause tooth and bone loss, as well as, a variety of immune and health problems.
Why Do Periodontics Matter?
Periodontics matter because they help maintain the health of the whole mouth, jaw, and more. Caring about your teeth means caring about all the parts that help to support them and all those that surround them. Have a periodontist examine your gum health and be sure that your dental regime includes taking care of your gums and keeping periodontal disease at bay.
If you are looking to improve your oral health and are interested in seeing a periodontist, then give TriState Dental Office a call and ask about how getting a periodontal checkup could help improve the appearance and function of your teeth.