What is Periodontics?
Periodontology or periodontics is the specialty of dentistry that studies supporting structures of teeth, as well as diseases and conditions that affect them. The supporting tissues are known as the periodontium, which includes the gingiva (gums), alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament. Periodontology deals with the diseases of the tooth supporting structures and the treatment of ORAL INFLAMMATION.
We treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. We offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned), root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed), & laser therapy (a less painful method). We can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. In addition, we specialize in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.
During the first visit, we usually reviews the patient’s complete medical and dental histories. It is extremely important for us to know if any medications are being taken or if the patient is being treated for any condition that can affect periodontal care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.
We examine the gums, checks to see if there is any gum line recession, assesses how the teeth fit together when biting, and checks the teeth to see if any are loose. We'll also take a small measuring instrument called a probe and place it between the teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets; this helps us assess the health of the gums. X-rays may also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line.