What is it?
Periodontology is the specialty of dentistry that studies supporting structures of teeth, as well as diseases and conditions that affect them. The supporting tissues are known as the periodontium, which includes the gingiva (gums), alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament. Many techniques are used to counter periodontitis, a disease that affects just about 80% of the population in different levels. Good prevention starts with good screening. During your dental exam, the dental professional will proceed to do the PSR test (periodontal screaning and reporting), which is a global evaluation of the gums. This test will determine your susceptibility or not to gum disease. To confirm more precisely your degree of gum damage, a full periodontal exam is needed.
What is the treatment?
The initial phase is a decontamination phase by a soft procedure. Your gum’s reaction to this stage is then reevaluated to see your receptiveness of the treatment. Afterwards, regular dental follow-ups every three months are recommended to initialize partial recovery, and in certain cases, it is enough to reestablish your condition. We say “partial” recovery because gum disease is a chronic problem. We can stabilize and control it although you can very rarely expect 100% recovery. For bigger cases, other options can be discussed, like laser treatments or surgery. Our strict protocol demands intimate patient participation to control his condition and help him stay motivated on the obtained results.
Can I recover completely?
Like diabetes, periodontal diseases can be controlled, but can never be totally cured. It is a chronic disease that will need the battle of a lifetime to stay far from the aftereffects that are associated with it. However, regular dental visits and a good hygiene at home make more encouraging success rates.