Periodontics is a special brand of dentistry that focuses on the gums and other dental supportive structures, including your jaw bone.
The gums are incredibly important when it comes to dental health, and if there’s an issue with your gums, it can even threaten the health of your teeth.
Whenever you visit your National Dental Care dentist for a check-up, your dental professional will inspect your gums just as much as they look at your teeth. If they spot any issues, they will let you know if it’s something you can take care of at home with good hygiene, something they can help with in the dental practice, or something that you will need to see a dedicated periodontist to treat.
Whatever the case, periodontics can help you to keep your oral health in good shape, and avoid problems before they arise.
What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is a specialist type of dentistry. It looks specifically at the gums and even the jawbone in relation to how these structures support the teeth.
One of the most common problems that periodontics deals with is gingivitis and gum disease, which occur in the gums, are quite common, but can be very damaging for your teeth if left untreated.
However, periodontics also deals with:
- Placing dental implants
- Scaling and tooth root cleaning (root debridement)
- Gum lifts and other cosmetic gum surgeries
- Bone and gum grafting
- Crown lengthening
- Periodontal surgery
As our gums help to nurture and support our teeth, they’re very important for our overall dental health. So when you look after your gums, you’re really looking after your teeth and helping to maintain a bright, healthy smile.
What does a Periodontist do?
All qualified dentists have a good general understanding of periodontics, and can perform basic periodontal treatments.
A periodontist, however, is a specialist in this field.
A periodontist is usually required for more intensive procedures, such as bone and gum grafting, periodontal surgery, and placing dental implants. You will also likely see your periodontist regularly if you are recovering from any of these procedures.
To see a periodontist, you will usually visit your general dentist, then they will refer you to a periodontist should your treatment require specialist attention. In some cases, there may be a periodontist working in your usual dentistry practice, but you may have to go to a different practice if not.
What are the advantages of receiving Periodontal treatment?
Periodontal treatment is a must for anyone with issues with their gums. Here are the key benefits.
- Avoid further issues:
Periodontal treatment such as cleaning and scaling can help to keep gingivitis at bay, which can avoid the condition worsening into periodontitis (which is a lifetime condition once you have it).
- Protect your teeth by caring for your gums:
Healthy gums support healthy teeth, meaning that caring for this support system is a great way to keep your teeth in good shape.
- Treat periodontitis:
Periodontitis can be a serious condition that leads to the loss of teeth. With treatment, you can manage this condition and prevent losing teeth or damaging the bone.
How much does a Periodontal treatment cost?
The cost of a periodontist depends on whether you are having a basic treatment or something that takes more time and tools.
The cost for a root debridement, for example, can cost approximately $300 per session.
‘Flap surgery’, which is used to help manage periodontitis, can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000.
You are best to speak to your dentist or periodontist about their fees for your specific requirements.
What to expect from your Periodontal appointment
The exact details of your periodontal appointment will vary depending on whether you’re visiting for a check-up and clean or if you’re getting treatment.
Here’s what to expect from a standard check-up and clean with a periodontist:
- Brush and floss your teeth before you arrive
- Your periodontist will ask about any symptoms you’ve had, such as swollen, red, or bleeding gums
- They will do an oral exam and check for plaque
- If you already have gum pockets, they will take note of the size of these pockets
- Your dental professional will take x-rays to check for bone health below the gums
- Based on your oral health, your periodontist will recommend a treatment plan, including changes you can make at home
Contact a National Dental Care Periodontist today
If you suffer from gingivitis and want to reduce your infector or you have periodontitis and you want to ensure you can manage your symptoms, you should consider speaking to a qualified periodontist. By speaking to a periodontist early, you can significantly improve and manager your oral health.
Find your nearest dental office to schedule an appointment or find out more about our periodontal treatments.