Periodontal is a combination of the Latin words “perio” for around and “odont” for tooth. Thus, periodontics, periodontal therapy, and periodontists all deal with the tissues around the teeth, including gum tissue, jawbone, and the supportive alveolar bone.
When disease, infection, inflammation, or destruction occurs in these tissues, a patient is said to suffer from periodontal disease or gum disease. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. Caught in the early stages, gum disease can typically be treated with improved at-home hygiene and more frequent professional hygiene appointments. However, when left untreated, the relatively mild gingivitis can develop into a more severe form, periodontitis. This advanced form of gum disease has several adverse oral and overall health effects including:
- Persistent bleeding around teeth
- Inflammation or discoloration of gum tissue
- Halitosis, chronic bad breath
- Gum tissue recession
- Teeth that feel loose, a bite that doesn’t fit together well, or even tooth loss
When patients experience this more advanced form of gum disease, we may recommend a few changes to at-home hygiene, more frequent teeth cleanings at our office, and a combination of more advanced surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapies. Contact us if you are experiencing any of the warning signs of gum disease.
Scaling & Root Planing
Used in tandem, Scaling and Root Planing are the most commonly recommended periodontal therapies we offer. Scaling is the removal of plaque, tartar, and damaged gum tissue. Root planning is the smoothing of tooth roots to prevent future plaque and tartar buildup.
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