What is periodontics?
“Perio-“ refers to the gums or gum tissue. “Dont-“ refers to teeth, as does “dent-.” Periodontics is the dental specialty that addresses conditions and treatments for the supporting structures of teeth – namely, gum and bone tissue. A periodontist is a general dentist with two or more additional years of specialty training in periodontics. A periodontist may perform gum grafting, bone grafting, and dental implant placement. One of the primary functions of a periodontist is to address gum disease, which can deteriorate gums and jawbone tissue. At Holistic Dentists, our periodontist is Dr. Joseph H. Blum.
Is gum disease a serious problem?
The leading cause for adult tooth loss in America, gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is dangerous to your oral health and total wellbeing. This common condition afflicts up to 80% of people in the United States. At Holistic Dentists, our team of hygienists, general dentists, and our periodontist offer preventive and corrective treatments to stop the health-diminishing effects of gum disease.
How does gum disease start?
As a result of bacteria and plaque buildup, the bond between teeth from gums is diminished, allowing periodontal pockets to form. In these pockets, infection builds and grows – this is periodontal disease. Without professional intervention by a hygienist or dentist, periodontal pockets are a catalyst for more serious health issues such as tooth loss and alveolar atrophy. Gum disease does not go away naturally, and it is a chronic condition. Common symptoms include bleeding when brushing, as well as gum sensitivity, redness, and swelling. In some cases, no symptoms are present, and a hygienist or dentist is the first to notice the condition.
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