Periodontics is a subcategory of dentistry that focuses on the supporting structures of a person’s teeth, most notably their gums and mouth bones. The field has experienced considerable growth in recent years due to the prevalence of periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease. This serious oral health condition involves infection and inflammation of the gums, making them appear swollen and possibly darkened.
Gum disease is caused when a person’s gums become irritated as a result of exposure to toxins that are released by oral bacteria. This causes the gums to become inflamed, and they will eventually start to pull away from the teeth. When this happens, empty spaces known as periodontal pockets are formed. These pockets can quickly become infested with heavy buildups of bacteria, plaque and tartar, allowing the condition to spread more easily. Once this occurs, the condition can reach a person’s jawbone, as well as the connective tissue of their teeth, potentially resulting in tooth loss.
At All About Smiles, we understand the dangers associated with gum disease. We know that the condition can quickly lead to more serious dental problems, and that is why we strongly encourage people suffering from this condition to seek treatment as soon as possible. Our practice offers a wide variety of treatment methods that are designed to put a stop to periodontitis and restore a person’s oral structures to proper health. In the event that you experience gum disease, our experts will be ready to help you every step of the way.
Periodontal laser treatments utilize a special dental laser to access and remove any swollen gum tissue that is present around the root of a tooth. Once the inflamed tissue has been removed, excess plaque is scraped away, and future infections are prevented by smoothing out any rough spots that are present on the root surfaces. After this process is complete, the patient’s gum line will start to regenerate, and it will eventually reattach itself to the teeth. Laser therapy is often a preferred method of treatment for patients because it tends to feature less pain and shorter recovery times than other forms of treatment.