Gum Disease & Periodontics
Periodontics is the treatment of diseases associated with the gums and other oral conditions affecting the soft tissues and bone of the mouth. Periodontal (gum) diseases destroy fibres and bone and can result in tooth loss.
Periodontics also includes the replacement of teeth with implants, cosmetic gum treatment and the replacement of lost bone (which is known as a bone graft) around teeth as well as areas where teeth have been lost. A Periodontist is a dental specialist who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal diseases, and also in the placement of dental implants.
Periodontics covers a range of different services:
How is gum disease treated?
Periodontal treatment focuses on reducing the inflammation and infection that occurs beneath the gum line. The goal is to keep the infection under control and prevent further bone deterioration. There are several treatment options available, and the type recommended for you will depend on the extent of the gum disease. The most common treatment method is “scaling and root planning,” which removes bacteria from the root surface beneath the gum line.