Periodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the conservation of hard tissues (alveolar bone) and soft (gum and ligament) that hold the teeth.
The main objective of the periodontist is to preserve the dental pieces, this objective can be achieved through a correct diagnosis (periodontogram), a personalized sanitation plan (cleanings) and an adequate follow-up.
A patient well diagnosed and well treated periodontally can keep teeth in his mouth all his life.
The longer the plaque and tartar remain on the teeth, the more harmful they become. Bacteria cause an inflammation of the gums called gingivitis.
If the person has gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that, in general, we cure by teaching the patient a good technique of brushing and flossing daily, in addition to regular cleaning by our hygienists and semi-annual control by our periodontist This form of periodontal disease does not cause loss of bone or the tissue that supports the teeth, provided it is controlled.
When gingivitis is not treated properly, it can become “periodontitis”.
This means “inflammation around the tooth.” In periodontitis, the gums move away from the teeth and form “bags” that are infected, we study the causes and treat the infection, to prevent future periodontal problems.