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Periodontics FAQ

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Prevention and Treatment of Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

At SoFlo Implantology & Cosmetic Dentistry in Miami, Florida, our dedicated dentists and team are committed to preventing and treating gum disease. Staying informed and maintaining healthy habits at home is crucial, and if any issues arise, we encourage you to visit Dr. Nhora Ortega and Dr. Esteban Parada for professional help. Call us today at 786-296-0004 to schedule an appointment with us and ensure the best care for your oral health.

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association®, focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease and related conditions affecting the soft oral tissues and supporting jawbone.

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dental specialist who receives three years of additional training after dental school to provide treatment for gum disease, soft tissue conditions, and dental implants.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a condition that affects the gums and supporting structures in the mouth. It starts as a bacterial infection of the gums and gradually progresses, leading to the destruction of gums and bone structure. Gingivitis is the milder stage, while periodontitis is the more severe form.

What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by harmful bacteria trapped in plaque, which hardens into calculus (tartar) and leads to gum detachment and the creation of pockets harboring harmful bacteria.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen, or tender gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, receding gums, loose teeth, pus between gums and teeth, sores in the mouth, persistent bad breath, and changes in tooth fit or dentures.

Can I develop periodontal disease without experiencing pain?

Yes, many cases of periodontal disease can reach advanced stages without causing pain or discomfort. Regular dental visits are essential for early detection and timely treatment.

Is periodontal disease treatable?

Gum disease is preventable with good oral hygiene and preventive care. If diagnosed early, it can be successfully treated. However, advanced stages may result in irreversible damage. Various treatments, such as nonsurgical options, periodontal surgery, laser dentistry, and improved at-home care, are available.

Who is at risk for developing gum disease?

You may have an increased risk of gum disease if you smoke, have poor oral hygiene, a family history of gum disease, systemic health conditions, or are pregnant.

What can I do at home to prevent periodontal disease?

Practicing good oral hygiene at home is the best way to prevent gum disease. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.

What is the connection between periodontal disease and overall health?

Oral and overall health are closely connected. Periodontal disease increases the risk of developing or exacerbating serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, or osteoporosis.

What is gum recession?

Gum recession is the condition where the gum edge recedes or draws back from the tooth root, exposing more of the tooth structure. It can lead to tooth loss and can be treated with soft tissue grafting.

What are periodontal pockets?

Periodontal pockets are spaces between the gums and teeth caused by gum disease, where bacteria can collect and cause further damage.

Why do I have to return so often after my treatment is over?

After periodontal disease treatment, regular maintenance visits are necessary to keep your mouth healthy and prevent gum disease from returning.

Are children at risk for developing gum disease?

Periodontal disease is rare in children, but developing good oral habits at a young age is crucial for preventing gum disease in the future.

How much will my periodontal treatment cost?

The cost of treatment depends on the type of treatment you receive. Our dentists will provide an estimate during your initial consultation after determining the best treatment plan for your needs.