Periodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal diseases that affect the jawbones and the gums. Gum tissues support the teeth while the jawbones anchor the teeth firmly in their position.
Periodontal disease is a progressive oral condition that starts as mild gum inflammation, known as gingivitis, before developing to an advanced and serious infection. Periodontal infections are the leading cause of teeth loss among adults. Its signs include; swelling, redness, bleeding, and painful gums. Periodontal infections are caused by harmful bacteria found in plaque that hides around teeth above and below the gumline. Eventually, periodontal infections cause jawbone recession and teeth loss.
Despite the severity of your periodontal disease, your Dentist will apply his expertise to restore your oral health and functionality even when teeth are affected. After treatment patients must adhere to strict oral health care and maintenance to ensure that bacteria and tartar build-up do not reoccur.