Periodontics Treatment in Delray Beach, FL
If any part of your body starts bleeding just from merely touching it or rubbing it, this might be a cause for concern, yet so many of us don’t feel alarmed when our gums start bleeding while brushing our teeth. If your gums are bleeding, this is a sign of infection. This infection can lead to even more issues with your health, so taking gum disease seriously and seeing your Periodontist will help you achieve better oral health as well as better overall health.
What is Periodontics?
Peridontics is a dental specialty pertaining to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various diseases of the areas surrounding your teeth. “Peri” means around, and “odontal” references the teeth. This includes areas such as the gums, bone and supporting ligaments. The most common form of periodontic procedures are scaling and root planing, or “deep cleaning”.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease in the early stages is referred to as “Gingivitis” and affects the gums. However, there are more severe forms of periodontal disease that will eventually affect the supporting tissues as well. Bacteria from plaque have been named the culprit for periodontal disease. When this disease is present, it is known to lead to other more serious disease and health issues within the body. Taking care of your oral health and visiting your dentist on a regular basis can help eliminate periodontal disease.
When should I see a Periodontist?
A periodontist specializes in Periodontics (the treatment of periodontal disease) and has experience in placing dental implants as well. If you start seeing blood when you brush your teeth, it may be a sign to visit your Periodontist for a periodontal evaluation. If you are pregnant, or if you are attempting to get pregnant, make sure to visit your Periodontist. Pregnant women are 7 times more likely to deliver their baby early and have a baby smaller than normal.
Other indications that you may need to see your Periodontist are if you have diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, or respiratory disease. These conditions have been linked to periodontal disease and should not be taken likely.
Are there non-surgical Periodontal options?
Periodontics is not limited to surgical procedures. Non surgical periodontal options are available. The most common treatments are scaling and root planing, which is the process of removing dental plaque and tartar from the periodontal pockets. After the scaling and root planing procedures, most patients will not have to undergo any further periodontal treatment. However, scheduling routine hygiene visits is a must to keep up with good oral health and to help reduce the chances of further gingivitis.
If you have any of the symptoms described above, please do not wait to schedule your appointment with us. Call us at 561-495-2099 today, or visit our contact page so that a dental professional may get in touch with you. We look forward to hearing from you and to help you on your way to great oral health!