Periodontists specialize in creating dental plans that treat gum diseases. So, if you ever have a problem with your gums bleeding or feeling sensitive, it’s time to go to a periodontist. Periodontology basics stress the importance of timely treatment, as untreated gum disease can lead to frequent toothaches, gum problems, and other oral conditions. Neglecting gum disease may even result in tooth loss, gum tissue damage, or the need for extensive jawline repairs.
Your periodontist is trained to take proactive and preventive measures to address your gum and tooth issues. Your teeth and everything connecting to supporting your teeth are the focus of dentists who specialise in periodontology. Your gums, jawbone and any connective tissues are the focus of your treatment plan when it comes to your periodontist.
Non-invasive treatments are the first course of action for treating gum issues. The typical treatments are root planning and scaling. Root planning deals with smoothing the root to eliminate traps for bacteria. Scaling deals with eliminating tartar and plaque off the root surface.
Some people have regular visits to have antimicrobial gum treatments to maintain a bacteria-free mouth.
Periodontists often do treatments to regenerate gum tissue and bone that have been harmed by bacterial development. Procedures like applying tissue-stimulating proteins and bone grafts are often done to assist in the regeneration process.
Soft tissue grafts
Sensitive teeth are often the result of receding gums, which have exposed the roots. Soft tissue grafts are often performed to cover these roots (and help foster new tissue growth) to prevent sensitivity for some patients and to repair a cosmetic issue for others.
Periodontists specialise in the treatment of gums, but that’s not all they do. They also perform treatments for other areas within the mouth—like the part of the jawbone that could lead to tooth loss if not working properly since it deals with housing the tooth roots. Your periodontist’s job would be to preserve this bone to prevent any further tooth loss.
Sometimes, the periodontist will have to treat the cementum and the periodontal ligament (also known as the PDL) to allow your teeth to stay healthy. The cementum is a calcified connective tissue that helps your teeth and gums meet. It also acts as root protection for your teeth by attaching to the alveolar bone with the PDL. Your periodontist will ensure your PDL is just as healthy as your gums. Book your appointment today here.