Periodontium is the term used to describe structures that surround and support the teeth. These structures include the gums, cementum, alveolar bone, and periodontal ligaments. Periodontal care, therefore, is preventative and/or restorative treatments that maintain or restore the health of these structures. Periodontal care can include both non-surgical and non-surgical procedures such as:
- Periodontal scaling and root planing
- Prescribing oral antibiotics
- Using trays to topically place antibiotics
- Bone and tissue grafts
- The placement of dental implants
- Gum contouring surgery
Did You Know?
In total, almost 50% of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. There are two forms of gum disease including gingivitis, the mild form, and periodontitis, the advanced form. Studies indicate that about 16% of Americans have either the mildest or most severe forms of gum disease. This ultimately means that as many as 30% of Americans are affected by moderate gum disease.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need periodontal care?
You may need periodontal care if you:
- Have gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis)
- Are in need of a bone graft for dental implants
- Are having dental implants placed
- Have excess gum tissue in need of removal
- Are having dental restorations placed that require gum contouring
To determine if you can benefit from periodontal care, schedule a consultation with Park City Dental today.
What can I expect when receiving periodontal care at Park City Dental?
When receiving periodontal care at Park City Dental, you can expect our doctor to carefully examine your gums for signs of gum disease or other problems. Depending on her findings, you may need a periodontal cleaning that consists of scaling and root planing. This is similar to a regular tooth cleaning, however it also includes removing plaque and tartar from your tooth roots in order to prevent or manage gum disease. In cases where gum disease progresses, you may need other treatments like antibiotics. In extreme cases of periodontal disease, you may also need a bone and/or gum graft. Most periodontal procedures are performed using dental lasers.
What can I expect after receiving periodontal care?
Your expectations after receiving periodontal care will vary depending on the type of periodontal treatment performed. After a periodontal cleaning, for example, you may expect to experience some minor tooth sensitivity. In between periodontal care appointments, it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and follow any instructions provided by our doctor.