Diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and jawbone is periodontics. Periodontists can assist you with maintaining the health, appearance, and functionality of your jawbone and gum tissues.
Bacterial plaque! Plaque is simply defined as an organized group of bacteria which causes inflammation and ultimately the destruction of gum tissues and bone. Of course, there are other causative factors such as nutrition, genetics, smoking, missing teeth, poor occlusion (bite), and various systemic diseases. Bacterial plaque, however, is the primary cause of Periodontal Disease.
Periodontal gum Disease starts with gum inflammation and if not corrected early can gradually extend below the gum line to the bone that lies beneath. As more bone is destroyed, teeth become increasingly more mobile. The time to treat is obviously at the first sign of inflammation. If you have signs of inflammation then please give our office a call.
The goal is to control the bacteria that cause the infection. Through root planning (the mechanical removal of plaque and calculus in the office) and proper home care a person can successfully maintain good oral health.
Often times used along with scaling and root planing to help reduce pocket depths and bacteria.
The removal of plaque and calculus that is below the gum-line.