If you have ever had badly swollen gums, or a “toothache” that caused noticeable swelling on the outside of your face, chances are you needed periodontic treatment.
Periodontics is a dentistry specialty involving the living tissue of a tooth’s roots. If contacted early enough, we can often help prevent tooth loss and promote tooth health and restoration through periodontics. At Capitol Hill Dentistry & Braces, we serve our patients on a variety of periodontal issues, including everything from simple gingivitis to dental implants. Periodontics is the study of inflammatory diseases that affect the gums and other supporting structures around the teeth. Since the gums help to protect the thousands of tiny fibers that hold the tooth to the jaw, good gum health is the first line of defense for healthy teeth.
Regular cleaning by our hygienists is an essential part of any patients oral health regimen. Not only will thorough cleaning of the gums around the roots and soft tissues of the teeth help prevent serious issues, it also gets us up close and personal where any issues can be discovered and dealt with early to prevent future problems.
Gum diseases is a painless condition that goes unnoticed by many patients until it is too late. It is falsely assumed that a pain free mouth is a healthy mouth, all the while the sticky film of bacteria, known as plaque, may be forming at the base of your teeth and silently attacking the root systems. Periodontics training allows our staff to know just what to look for so that we can help you keep your gums healthy and your teeth strong.
Indications of a Problem
While alert hygienists and dentists will catch most problems, between visits it is up to you to keep a watch on your dental health. Here are some symptoms that a periodontics issue may be arising: gums that are red, swollen, tender or bleed easily; gums pulled back from the base of the teeth; persistent bad breath, or bad taste in the mouth; permanent teeth that seem loose; any change in the feel of your bite, or fitting of dental appliances.
People who are at higher risk for these issues include; smokers, those who do not brush and floss regularly, diabetics and those taking certain types of medication. If you fit any of these categories, regular cleanings and exams may be even more important for your dental health.