We all know going to the dentist is import, but sometimes you may need more than a dentist. If you have a severe or chronic condition caused by bacteria or plaque beneath the gum lines, you will need to see a periodontist. Fortunately, many dentists, including those at Delray Beach Family Dentistry, are also qualified periodontists.
A periodontist specializes in the treatment of gum diseases, such as gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused when plaque and tartar are left on the teeth too long. The bacteria can cause the gums to become inflamed, causing them to be swollen, red, and bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can be treated with good oral hygiene and regular cleaning. Though gingivitis is a mild periodontal disease that causes no bone loss, if left untreated it can lead to a more serious disease called periodontitis.
Periodontitis is a gum disease that causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that become infected. The bacteria, and the body’s own response system to the bacteria will eventually begin to break down the bones in the jaw that holds the teeth in place. If left untreated, this can lead to bone, tooth, and gum loss, and may require extraction.
The periodontists at Delray Beach Family Dentistry use methods proven to help cure gum disease. A scaling and root planning procedure, done under a local anesthetic, cleans beneath the gum line, removing bacteria, and smoothing the roots of the teeth. Arestin, and antibacterial that helps kill any remaining bacteria may also be placed in the pockets of the gums.
Some of the symptoms of a periodontal disease include red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, teeth that are sensitive and hurt when chewing. Chronic bad breath may also be an indicator of a periodontal disease.