Periodontics is the field of dentistry that deals with the supporting structures that surround the teeth such as the gums. When these support structures are infected, dentists commonly refer to it as periodontal disease.
Many patients suffer from periodontal disease. Luckily, our Gresham dentist and team at Hood View Dental are skilled in detecting gum disease, soft-tissue problems, and bone loss before the problem becomes wide spread.
Periodontal disease requires professional treatments and cleaning in order to restore the oral cavity back to full functionality.
More about periodontal disease
Periodontal disease is the last stage of gingivitis. When plaque forms on your teeth it begins to damage your enamel and gums. If untreated, plaque hardens into tartar. In its hardened state, a professional cleaning is needed to rid the teeth of tartar whereas brushing twice a day and flossing removes plaque.
Tartar builds up on teeth and damages the soft-tissues in your mouth. The result is that the gums pull away from the teeth making your gums more susceptible to bacteria and infections.
Do I have periodontal disease?
It is thought that more than half the population has had or has gingivitis or periodontal disease. Some of the symptoms that go along with these issues are:
Changes in your gums
A receding gum line, swollen tissues, sensitive gums, and bleeding or red gums are common when a patient has periodontal disease.
Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, despite brushing and flossing is a sign of gum disease. Hidden bacteria are the likely cause or an infection below the gums.
Changes in your appearance
Weakened gum tissues can leave your teeth without the support they need. You may feel a loose tooth or observe a difference in your smile.
With regular visits to our Gresham dentist, we can stop gingivitis from progressing into periodontal disease. Call our office at (503) 328-6388 if you believe gingivitis or periodontal disease is affecting your health.
In need of immediate care?
We offer emergency phone consultations to our existing patients. Call us anytime at (503) 328-6388.