Keep your Gums in Check
At Fort Worth Family Smiles our experts are highly trained in the treatment of periodontitis. We are very familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and we also perform cosmetic periodontal procedures as well.
What is Periodontitis?
When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to “periodontitis” which means “inflammation around the tooth”. In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces called “pockets” that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.
Periodontics is the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease or gum disease, and the placement of dental implants. This may include gum recession and oral pathology like gingival tumors. A dentist who specializes in this is called a periodontist. Many periodontists can also help patients replace teeth lost due to periodontal disease by placing dental implants.
The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good daily care at home. The doctor may also suggest changing certain behaviors, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve treatment outcome.