Periodontics is a specialized form of dentistry that encompasses the gums, the structures, and the affecting conditions. A person with unhealthy gum tissues can have repercussions beyond just unpleasant breath. Periodontal disease can lead to necrotic gum tissue, infections, loss of bone, and immuno-inflammatory health issues. If untreated, periodontal disease in the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Some of the procedures that our periodontists perform are:
Periodontal disease attacks the gum tissue and the bone that supports each tooth. This disease begins when plaque and calculus are not removed by a dental professional. Plaque is a sticky film that clings to the teeth. It is made up of food debris, bacteria and saliva. If plaque is not brushed off of the teeth daily it hardens and adheres to the teeth becoming calculus (tartar). If plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to disease the gum tissue and destroy the bone.
Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums. Researchers link several serious medical problems to periodontal disease. Due to the absence of pain in the early stages, most people don’t even know that they have it. Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet that does not contain too many sugary drinks, along with regular dental cleanings, can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
Our periodontists, Dr. David Altman and Dr. Isaac Angel, are specialists committed to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases. Speak to your dental provider if you have questions or call to schedule an appointment today!