Is the specialty responsible for the study of the supporting tissues of the teeth as well of the prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases.

Gums get separate from the teeth, forming pockets that fill with more plaque and infection, as the disease progresses the pockets deepen, destroying more the bone tissue, and then the teeth will begin to move gradually until you get to lose them.

To keep teeth and supporting tissues (gums, ligament, and bone) healthy is important to have good oral hygiene, acceptable functional occlusion and regular visits with your dentist or periodontist for your cleanings.

What is periodontal treatment?

After an extensive review of the medical record and dental history of the patient, the periodontist examines the gum and the tissues surrounding the teeth. A radiographic study may be required to evaluate the supporting bone. In the early stages it can be treated with scaling and root planing and dental care at home cleaning with satisfactory results. In more advanced cases, surgery may be required in order to remove the deep pockets of calculus. The objective is to restore health and function without affecting the esthetic appearance and to prevent any recurrence of the disease.

What factors can contribute to develop periodontal disease?

Although it has the unique causative factor for dental plaque bacteria, there are many factors of risk for the development and progression of periodontal disease.

Is periodontal treatment expensive?

The cost can vary depending on the degree of severity of each patient's periodontal problem. After being examined by the periodontist and established a treatment plan, the doctor can give an estimated cost. You should be aware that periodontal treatment is less expensive and healthier than replacing the teeth that can be lost due to periodontal disease.