Periodontics deals with the health of the gums.
Gum disease is prevalent amongst the adult population and is the biggest cause of tooth loss. It occurs through poor oral hygiene, and early symptoms of gingivitis (gum disease) include gums which bleed slightly when brushed, and which may look red and puffy.
Periodontal Disease Can Be Serious
Advanced gum disease is called periodontal disease, and is where the gums bleed frequently, and have begun to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets. If you have periodontal disease, then there are still treatments which can help prevent tooth loss.
It is essential to seek help as soon as you can.
Treatments are Available
One of the most common treatments for periodontal disease involves scaling and planing the root surfaces of teeth to remove any calcified plaque, as the periodontal pockets will have allowed tartar to build up underneath the gum line.
Although the damage to the support structures of the teeth is permanent, this treatment can help save teeth, and will help keep this chronic condition at bay.