Periodontics FAQ

What Is Periodontics?

Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, focusing on studying and treating the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth and jaw.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, often begins as plaque buildup on the tooth’s surface near the gum line. If this plaque is not regularly removed by brushing and flossing, it can harden into what your dentist calls tartar. Plaque will build up over the tartar, eventually causing the gums to become red, swollen, and irritated. This is known as gingivitis and is the first stage of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease.

What Are The Symptoms Of Periodontal Disease?

  • Red, swollen, and sore gums
  • Gums that bleed when brushing and flossing
  • Teeth that appear longer or become loose
  • Large spaces that form between the teeth
  • The gums begin to pull away from the teeth
  • Chronic bad breath

Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can cause other health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. If you’re pregnant, having periodontal disease can also cause premature birth or low birth weight. In addition, your smile’s health affects the overall health of your body.

Is Periodontal Disease Treatable?

Gum disease is both preventable and treatable. Today’s periodontal treatments provide you with a variety of gentle, safe, and effective options. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or gum disease, your periodontal dentist can help you determine which treatment best meets your needs. Periodontal treatments include:

  • Non-surgical treatment
  • Periodontal surgery
  • Periodontal therapy
  • Dental implants
  • At-home care (special toothpaste, mouthwash, toothbrushes, and prescription treatment trays)

Am I At Risk Of Having Periodontal Disease?

You may be at risk of having periodontal disease if you smoke or use tobacco products, you do not brush your teeth and floss regularly, you have health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or osteoporosis, or if several of your family members have had gum disease as it can, in some cases, be genetic. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, schedule an appointment with your dentist, who can help determine if treatment is necessary.

Will Insurance Cover My Periodontal Treatment?

Many insurance plans will assist in periodontal treatment. Our practice understands how important your dental health is, and we want you to get the most out of any dental treatment you receive. Therefore, we will help you work with your insurance provider to ensure that your treatment is easy on your budget and your peace of mind.