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Periodontics

Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the health of the gums. A periodontist is a specialist who works to prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal diseases, as well as place dental implants. Periodontists are trained to diagnose and treat gum disease, place dental implants, and perform cosmetic periodontal procedures.

What is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of the supporting structures of the teeth, gums, and jawbones. Periodontists receive several additional years of education beyond dental school, making them experts in their field.

Periodontists diagnose and treat a wide variety of gum diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis. They are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Additionally, periodontists perform a number of cosmetic procedures, such as gum grafting and teeth straightening with Invisalign clear aligners.

What Are Periodontal Diseases?

Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums and bone around the teeth. These infections are caused by bacteria that accumulate on the teeth in a sticky film called plaque.

The bacteria in plaque can cause inflammation and irritation of the gum tissue. Gum disease is the most common form of periodontal disease. Other forms of the disease include aggressive periodontitis, necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis, and periodontitis associated with systemic conditions.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease is most common in adults over 35. However, it can occur at any age.

Types of Periodontal Disease

  • Gingivitis 

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis causes red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis.

  • Periodontitis 

Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease that is caused by bacterial infection. It’s characterized by gum recession, inflammation of the gums, and the formation of periodontal pockets.

What are Periodontal Treatments?

Periodontal treatments are those treatments used to stop the progression of gum disease. Scaling and root planing are common treatments that are performed to remove tartar buildup from around the teeth. These treatments are often used as part of a periodontal cleaning but can also be used alone.

At Kusek Family & Implant Dentistry, we offer a full range of services, including cosmetic and implant dentistry in a relaxed dental environment. To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your consultation with one of our dentists, call us at 605-371-3443 or visit us at 4921 E. 26th St., Suite 1, Sioux Falls, SD 57110. 

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