The Woodlands and Houston TX
Although you may hear the topic of healthy teeth discussed more frequently than healthy gums, the fact is they are interdependent on one another. Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with gum and jaw health, and is primarily concerned with the prevention of gum disease and periodontitis.
Periodontitis refers to the degradation of the tissues that support your teeth and gums, including the alveolar bone, cementum, and periodontal ligatures. While gingivitis, or gum disease, is more frequently discussed, periodontitis is often the result of advanced stages of gum disease. It consists of the breakdown of your periodontal structures and is ultimately the cause of tooth loss from gingivitis.
Treating periodontitis consists first of removing damaging bacteria from the area. The ultimate goal is regeneration of periodontal tissues, and if this does not occur after thorough periodontal cleaning, other steps may be required such as surgery or even bone grafting.
While the topic of gum disease and periodontitis are serious ones, periodontics is simply concerned with the care and proliferation of healthy gum and oral structure. These are usually maintained by adhering to good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings to remove the buildup of tartar and plaque. Requiring advanced periodontal procedures is uncommon and fairly easy to prevent.
Periodontics also deals with the health and maintenance of dental implants, a procedure Houston general dentist Dr. Scott Young is qualified to perform and offers within our office. Because dental implants are inserted into the same position as the roots of your natural teeth, it is important that the cementum, periodontal ligature, and alveolar bone all grow back into place around the implant, as they do to secure the roots of your teeth in place.
You may need periodontal care if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of gum disease:
- Loose teeth
- Gum pain or sensitivity
- Oral sores
- Bleeding, shiny, or discolored gums
Please call (281) 367-5559 or contact our Houston family dentistry office today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Young. Woodlands Premier Dentistry serves patients in The Woodlands, Houston, Kingwood, and surrounding areas of Texas.