What is periodontics?
Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. It focuses on the study and treatment of the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth and jaw.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease or pyorrhea, often begins as a buildup of plaque on the tooth’s surface near the gum line. If this plaque is not removed by regular brushing and flossing, it can harden into what dentists call tartar.
Plaque will continue to build up over the tartar and eventually cause the gums to become red, swollen, and irritated. This is known as gingivitis and is the first stage of periodontal disease. If left untreated, this can turn into periodontal disease. Gingivitis and periodontitis can ultimately lead to loss of teeth.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
- Red, swollen, sore gums
- Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
- Teeth that appear longer or become loose
- Large spaces that form between the teeth
- Gums pulling away from the teeth
- Chronic bad breath
Is periodontal disease treatable?
Gum disease is both preventable and treatable. Today’s periodontal treatments provide you with a variety of options that are gentle, safe, and effective. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or gum disease, Dr. Madigan can help 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 periodontal disease if you smoke or use tobacco products, do not brush your teeth and floss regularly, have health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or osteoporosis, or several of your family members have had gum disease because it can, in some cases, be genetic. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, schedule an appointment with us, and we can help determine whether treatment is necessary.
Will my insurance cover my periodontal treatment?
Many insurance plans will provide assistance for 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. We will help you work with your insurance provider to make sure your treatment is easy on your budget, and your peace of mind.