Periodontics Specialist

Philadelphia Dental

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

If you have issues with your periodontium (that is, your gums and tissue surrounding the teeth), the team at Philadelphia Dental in South Philly can help. Many people experience inflammation and other gum issues, and periodontics focuses on preventing related diseases that can occur. Schedule an appointment at the Philadelphia practice today online or by phone for a gum disease checkup.

Periodontics Q & A

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on treating diseases of the gums, bone, and other tissues that surround your teeth. These tissues are known as the periodontium or supporting structures of the tooth.

Periodontic issues could mean mild gum disease (gingivitis), which is a very common and easily treatable condition, or more severe periodontitis. The experienced dentists at Philadelphia Dental treat all forms of gum disease, regardless of its severity.

What does a periodontist do?

A periodontist uses methods to prevent, diagnose, and treat these periodontium issues relating to gum and tissue disease. These professionals are experts in tissue and can perform surgical procedures such as dental implants, and regenerative procedures that aim to reverse the loss of bone and tissue.

Where do dental implants fit into periodontics?

Dental implants are common in periodontics. Implants are artificial tooth roots placed into the jaw, used to support and hold in place replacement teeth, a bridge, or dentures. This is an option at Philadelphia Dental if you have lost teeth because of periodontal disease.

Dental implants essentially replace the tooth’s root with a metal post, becoming part of your jaw. They are a great option for additional support and can fill in missing teeth in a realistic-looking way. 

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is also called gum disease. This disease is when the gums and bone support tissues become inflamed. There are two common types of periodontal disease:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the tooth's gingival tissue. This is a very common condition, and gum redness, swelling, or bleeding characterize it. Gingivitis is reversible with the adoption of the right dental care practices.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is the inflammation of the bone and surrounding tissue of the teeth. Spaces or pockets between the tooth and gums often characterize periodontitis. 

If you have these symptoms, they are easily treatable. Your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing to clean under the gum line and inside pockets to remove harmful plaque and tartar build-up, or medication to treat an infection.

The treatment plan you receive from Philadelphia Dental depends on the severity of your periodontitis. Sometimes, reversing gum disease with changes to your oral health habits, like flossing every day and brushing your teeth twice a day, is all it takes.

To learn more about how to prevent or treat periodontal disease, or to talk to a periodontist, schedule an appointment with Philadelphia Dental today, either online or by phone.