Periodontics deals with the gums, tissues, and bones that support the teeth. It is preventive in nature and is mainly concerned with preventing and treating periodontal or gum disease. At Ballwin Dental Care, we are committed to maintaining our patients’ overall oral health. We will work with you to help you achieve lasting health for your teeth and gums with periodontics.
Periodontal (gum) disease is characterized by an excessive amount of plaque and calculus (tartar) that has accumulated around the teeth, causing deterioration to the surrounding area of the teeth (and can include the jawbone). It can be identified by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually begin to destroy the gums and bone.
Because the early stages of periodontal diseases are usually painless, it can be difficult to detect. Some of the signs and symptoms of developing periodontal disease include the following:
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Increased spaces between teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus around the gums and teeth
- Receding gums around a tooth
- Red and inflamed gums
- Tenderness and discomfort
Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks that are associated with periodontal disease. Untreated periodontal disease is dangerous and has been linked to heart disease! That is why we make an effort to prevent the disease, and to save you from unnecessary costs of periodontal disease.
To avoid advancement in periodontal disease, patients should practice good oral hygiene, eat a balanced diet, and attend regularly scheduled dental appointments with Drs. Simonds, Gennaoui, and Schrameyer. If there is any pain or discomfort surrounding your teeth or gums, it is strongly recommended that you visit a dentist immediately for treatment for gum disease in Ballwin, Missouri.