Periodontitis is a common gum disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It is caused by bacteria in the mouth that infect the gums, causing inflammation and eventual destruction of the bone and tissues that support the teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and other health complications.
Fortunately, there are several periodontal treatments available that can help manage periodontitis and prevent its progression. A periodontist, like Dr. Poventud and Dr. Ramirez are dentists who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. In this blog, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatments for periodontitis, as well as the role of a periodontist in managing this condition.
Causes of Periodontitis
Periodontitis is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. When plaque and tartar are not removed from the teeth and gums, they can cause inflammation and infection. Over time, this can lead to the destruction of the bone and tissues that support the teeth.
Certain factors can increase the risk of developing periodontitis, including:
- Smoking or using tobacco products
- Poor oral hygiene
- Hormonal changes
- Certain medications
Symptoms of Periodontitis
The symptoms of periodontitis can vary depending on the severity of the disease. Some common symptoms include:
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pain or discomfort while chewing
- Changes in the bite
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a periodontist for a diagnosis and treatment.
The goal of periodontal treatment is to manage the infection and prevent further damage to the teeth and gums. Treatment options may include:
- Scaling and root planing: This is a deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots.
- Antibiotics: In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to help manage the infection.
- Surgery, including LANAP: In advanced cases of periodontitis, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage and prevent tooth loss.
- Ongoing maintenance: Regular cleanings and checkups with a periodontist can help prevent the recurrence of periodontitis.
Dr. Ramirez and Dr. Poventud have received additional training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. They are experts in managing periodontitis and can provide specialized care for patients with advanced cases of the disease.
If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontitis or have been diagnosed with the disease, it is important to see a periodontist for specialized care. At Periosolutions, we can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your individual needs and helps manage your condition.
In conclusion, periodontitis is a common gum disease that can cause serious damage to the teeth and gums if left untreated. Fortunately, there are several periodontal treatments available that can help manage the disease and prevent its progression. If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontitis, it is important to see a periodontist for a diagnosis and treatment. With the right care and management, you can protect your oral health and prevent the complications of periodontitis