Periodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the inflammatory disease that destroys the gums and other supporting structures around the teeth.
A periodontist specialises in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal, or gum disease, and the placement of dental implants.
Periodontists treat cases from mild gingivitis to more severe gum diseases.
Your Deer Park dentist offers a wide array of dental services, such as scaling and root planing, root surface debridement, and regenerative procedures.
In cases of severe gum disease, your periodontist can also perform restorative surgical procedures.
Additionally, they are trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.
At Deer Park Dental Surgery, we provide periodontic treatments to patients residing in Deer Park and other communities.
Types of Gum Disease
Untreated gingivitis can result in periodontitis and can eventually lead to tooth loss and other health issues.
Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. The gums become red, swollen, and bleed easily. Usually, there is little or no discomfort at this stage.
Gingivitis is often a result of poor oral hygiene. Gingivitis is treatable with professional and good oral home care.
Factors that may lead to gingivitis include:
- Genetic predisposition
- Systemic diseases and conditions
- Inadequate nutrition
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Substance abuse
- HIV infection
- Certain medication use
Untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. Over time, plaque can spread and grow under the gumline. Acids produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums.
These acids stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are damaged.
Gums recede, forming infected pockets. As the disease advances, the pockets deepen, and more gum tissues and bones are damaged.
This destructive process has very mild symptoms. Eventually, teeth loosen and may have to be extracted.
There are many forms of periodontitis. The most common ones include the following:
Aggressive periodontitis happens to patients who are otherwise clinically healthy.
Common features include rapid recession of the gums, bone destruction, and familial aggregation (genetic susceptibility).
Chronic periodontitis results in inflammation in the supporting tissues of the teeth, progressive attachment loss, and bone loss.
This is the most common form of periodontitis and is characterised by pocket formation and/or recession of the gingiva.
It is common in adults but can occur in children and older patients. Progression of attachment loss usually happens slowly, but periods of rapid progress can occur.
Periodontitis as an indication of systemic conditions often begins at a young age. Systemic diseases such as heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes are related to this form of periodontitis.
Necrotising periodontal disease is an infection characterised by necrosis of gingival tissues, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone.
These ulcerations are most commonly observed in individuals with systemic conditions such as HIV infection, malnutrition, and immunosuppression.
Periodontal Disease Treatment by your Deer Park Dentist
Professional cleaning by your Deer Park dentist is the only way to remove plaque build-up that has hardened into tartar.
By visiting your Deer Park dentist twice a year, early-stage periodontal disease can be treated before it leads to a much more severe problem.
If the periodontal disease is more advanced, scaling and root planing can be performed to treat diseased periodontal pockets and infection.
Your Deer Park dentist uses an ultrasonic scaling device to get rid of plaque, tartar, and food particles above and below the gum line, and hand scales the tooth and root surfaces to make them smooth and free from disease.
Sometimes, laser treatments are also used to remove tartar deposits.
If periodontal pockets are more than 5 millimetres deep, that is, if you have moderate to severe periodontitis, gingival flap surgery may be performed by a periodontist to reduce periodontal pockets, as well as bone grafting to restore lost bone.
Periodontics at Deer Park Dental Surgery
Removing plaque by brushing and flossing regularly is the key to preventing gum disease and improved oral health. But if isn’t working anymore, contact your Deer Park dentist for help!
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- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for HCF and NIB
We are located in a busy medical centre in Brimbank Shopping Centre with plenty of cafes and shops nearby.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)