Gum disease is prevalent, and an alarming oral health issue. It affects the soft tissues and gums that surround your teeth. Without treatment, it develops into a severe infection. Symptoms of gum infection, include:
- Red, tender and swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Bleeding gums during or after brushing
- Formation of deep pockets between your gums and teeth
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Accumulation of bacterial plaque that, ultimately, destroys the gum tissues and jawbones
Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the treatment of gum diseases. Our dentists offer periodontal therapy to clean and remove dental plaque, tartar and calculus from your teeth. Because, if left untreated it will lead to inflammation and bleeding in the gums. Yet, proper oral health and regular dental visits are also essential for treatment to be effective.
During therapy, the periodontists perform scaling on the affected teeth. Next, they do root planning to smoothen the root. Also, they may conduct periodontal surgery to remove dead tissue. Special dental tools, called scalers, are used to remove the layers of plaque or tartar, responsible for periodontal diseases. The devices vibrate at a high frequency and have a pointy tip, which helps to break down the stubborn layer of plaque and wash it away.
In specific cases, our dentist may also recommend oral antibiotics and antibacterial rinses. But these rinses erode the bone of the teeth along with the plaque, thus are not a recommended solution for clearing calculus, regularly. Nonetheless, we do encourage our patients to practice proper oral hygiene and make regular dental visits. Daily brushing and flossing can prevent the buildup of plaque as any possible deposits are washed away daily.