Periodontal is a word that is meant to define tissue surrounding the teeth. Periodontists perform several roles, such as providing patients with surgery and treatments for issues like gum disease. They identify the problem, including where the plaque has formed.
Periodontal problems usually are found after they have existed for a while. If an individual receives regular checkups and cleanings, he or she will reduce the risk of developing gum diseases like periodontitis and gingivitis. Fortunately, treatments exist for every type of gum disease.
Some issues that commonly go along with gum disease include the following:
Teeth that are deteriorating or discolored
Gum lines that recede
A loss in movement of teeth, as well as loss of teeth
Gum tissue that is infected (you can tell by seeing if it is inflamed or discolored)
Holes in between the gum tissue and teeth
By following appropriate preventative steps and keeping up with your oral hygiene, you will not have to deal with the negative effects of gum disease.
Reach out to our office if you would like to have a periodontal evaluation.