Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the Canadian Dental Association, focusing on the study and treatment of the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth and jaw.
A periodontist is a dental specialist who has the training and experience required by the Canadian Dental Association to diagnose, treat, and prevent different forms of periodontal/gum disease.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, often begins as a buildup of plaque on the tooth’s surface near the gum line. If this plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing regularly, it can harden into what your dentist calls tartar. Plaque will continue to build up over the tartar eventually causing the gums to become red, swollen, and irritated. This is known as gingivitis and is the first stage of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can cause other health problems including heart disease and diabetes. If you’re pregnant, having periodontal disease can also cause premature birth or low birth weight. Your smile’s health affects the overall health of your body.
Gum disease is both preventable and treatable. Today’s periodontal treatments provide you with a variety of options that are gentle, safe, and effective. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or gum disease, your periodontal dentist can help you determine which treatment best meets your needs. Periodontal treatments include:
You may be at risk of having periodontal disease if you smoke or use tobacco products, you do not brush your teeth and floss regularly, you have health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or osteoporosis, or if several of your family members have had gum disease as it can, in some cases, be genetic. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, schedule an appointment with your dentist, who can help determine if treatment is necessary.
Many insurance plans will provide assistance for periodontal treatment. Our practice understands how important your dental health is, and we want you to get the most out of any dental treatment you receive. We will help you work with your insurance provider to make sure that your treatment is easy on your budget, and your peace of mind.