What are Periodontics?
Periodontics is the field of dentistry that involves the gums and soft tissue. Because gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and occurs in nearly half of all adults, periodontal treatment often involves diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Periodontal treatment is critical for improving the look and feel of your entire mouth. This type of treatment can be needed regardless of age, and is crucial to improving your oral health.
Why is Periodontics Needed?
Most often, periodontics is needed when you have gum disease. There are a variety of gum disease treatments available, such as a scaling and root planing, laser therapy as well as the use of clear aligners that can help to deliver medication deep below the gum line. Periodontics may even be needed for other procedures, such as gum recession and the insertion of dental implants.
Who is a Candidate for Special Periodontal Treatment?
We can examine your teeth and gums to determine if periodontal treatment is right for you. Using a small probe, we are able to measure the small pockets around the teeth. If these pockets are very deep, we may recommend that you begin periodontal disease, or gum disease, treatment. With early treatment, you are able to put an end to gum disease and the tooth loss that often comes with it.
What happens during treatment of Periodontics?
For periodontal disease treatment, we will typically examine the gums to determine the level of disease and the best course of treatment. For gingivitis, you can prevent progression of the condition with proper oral hygiene habits at home. This includes proper brushing, daily flossing and regular trips into the office for a professional dental cleaning. For patients who already have gum disease, there are many treatment options available up to and including surgery. Other periodontal procedures include implants and soft tissue grafting as a way to enhance and improve your smile.
If you would like to come into our Tampa dental office for periodontal treatment, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.