Periodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the supporting structures of the teeth. It is chiefly concerned with preventing the progress of gum disease, but can also involve the surgical correction of uneven or receding gums, and the placement of dental implants and their subsequent care.
Gum disease is a very common condition caused by the bacteria in plaque, which gradually builds up on the surface of the teeth and eventually hardens, becoming tartar. This can cause inflammation and bleeding of the gums, which is known as gingivitis. If this is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis, a more serious stage that can cause pockets to develop around the teeth, which may result in tooth loss.
Although not always obvious, symptoms of gum disease can include bleeding when you brush, swollen gums, bad breath and sensitive teeth.
If gum disease has developed beyond the early stages, a thorough clean under the gums, known as root planning, can remove the build-up of bacteria from the root surface, which can reduce inflammation of the gum tissue. Surgical procedures can also be used to address deep gum pockets.
The chief risk factors for gum disease are poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes, having a genetic propensity, a lowered immunity and certain medications. Early diagnosis and prevention are the best ways to help reduce your chances of developing the disease.
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