Periodontics Overview

Periodontics Overview


Periodontal or gum disease is one of the primary causes of tooth loss in people over age 18. it’s estimated that 80% of adults suffer from some form of this disease.

Periodontists are able to treat and often reverse the effects of this disease. The initial stages of the gum disease are known as gingivitis and are characterized by swollen gums that bleed easily.

Left untreated, the infection from gum disease can progress to the point where it results in the loss of teeth and even endangers your overall health. Utilizing the latest technologies, periodontists can help minimize the devastating effects of gum disease.

Did you know that approximately three out of four people suffer from some form of periodontal or gum disease?

While it can usually be reversed in its earliest stages by brushing and flossing regularly, it can pose a serious threat to your health if allowed to spread. Gum disease has been linked to everything from heart disease to diabetes to respiratory ailments to premature births.


Periodontists have acquired the necessary skills and experience to perform highly sophisticated surgical procedures to cope with and combat the ravages of gum disease, including:

  • Gingivectomy
  • Guided Tissue Regeneration
  • Soft Tissue Graft


Pocket reduction surgery is dental treatment to remove any periodontis that has advanced below the gum tissue. Your dentist or dental surgeon will pull back the gum tissue to remove any bacteria trapped in the gum pockets. The jawbone may need to be recontoured if the disease has spread to the bone.

Peridonitis often causes receding gums. Receding gum disease is where the gums retract and reveal more of the tooth root than is healthy for your dental hygiene. Replacing the missing tissue to secure the teeth in the gums and prevent the gums receding further is usually achieved by soft tissue grafts.

Severe gum disease, advanced or chronic peridonitis can cause bone loss. Bone grafts, using bone from another area of the patients body or a synthetic bone material will be used to replace the decaying jawbone and prevent further bone loss. Dentists frequently a technique called guided tissue regeneration to stimulate bone growth in the jaw. Guided tissue regeneration encourages your body to regrow tissue and bone by convincing the body a new tooth is growing.


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