Periodontology is the branch of dentistry that treats the periodontium. What is the periodontium? Essentially, it is the hard and soft tissues that support your teeth. The visible part is the gum, but it also includes the bone, nerves, blood vessels, and cementum.
The disease called periodontitis is, of course, related to periodontology. This disease is an advanced stage of gingivitis; when left untreated, gum inflammation can spread to the bone supporting the teeth. Often, a large amount of tartar on the teeth and under the gums is the cause.
Periodontitis can also cause receding gums (gums becoming thinner and revealing the roots of the teeth) and tooth movement, which can lead to tooth loss.
It is therefore crucial to treat periodontal diseases as soon as they occur. Cleaning periodontal pockets can be performed under anaesthesia to remove tartar under the gums.
However, prevention is better than cure; periodontitis is often due to inadequate oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth after meals and flossing are essential to your dental health.
If you suffer from receding gums, a gum graft can be performed by a periodontist. Not only does gingival restoration provide better aesthetic appearance, it also eliminates pain and helps your gums perform their primary function, which is to support your teeth!
As a result of periodontitis, the alveolar bone can also lose mass and become too fragile to support an implant. In this case, bone grafting, which is another periodontal procedure, can be performed. Conversely, dental crown lengthening can be used when the teeth are covered by too much gum tissue.
If your gums are sensitive, if they show any abnormalities, or if your teeth are loose, consult your dentist at Centre Dentaire Dre Nathalie Kadoch as soon as possible. Periodontitis can have serious consequences such as tooth loss. Treating periodontal disease as soon as possible will help limit the damage. Don’t wait! Call us for an appointment!
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