Periodontology deals with the health of the periodontal apparatus, which includes the jawbone and most importantly the gums. So many patients are affected by periodontitis, an inflammatory condition affecting the base of the tooth, that it can now be classified as a widespread disease. A disease with often serious consequences: around 70% of tooth loss in adults nowadays is caused by untreated periodontitis. This highlights the need for regular check-ups, because periodontitis can only be cured with early detection.
The condition is caused by bacteria which first attack the gums and, if untreated, make their way to the jawbone. The bone is broken down until the tooth becomes loose and ultimately falls out. The first signs of periodontitis are frequent bleeding gums and bad breath. If you have either of these, we strongly recommend that you seek assistance to determine the cause. Periodontitis can do more damage than just tooth loss – it can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes.
Treatment begins with oral hygiene and, depending on the nature and severity of the condition, continues with the removal of plaque, tartar and deposits under the gum line through to cleaning and smoothing of the surfaces of the root and antimicrobial treatments. We of course provide you with detailed explanations of what we find on examination and the options available to you.