What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is a dental specialty that involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function and aesthetics of these structures and tissues.

Who is a Periodontist?

A Tucson periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and in the placement of dental implants. A Tucson periodontist typically has had two to three years of additional training in the diagnosing and treatment of gum disease and its associated problems. Periodontists are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. Moreover, periodontists can perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to improve your smile. Often, dentists refer their patients to a periodontist when their gum disease is first diagnosed or has become more advanced.

What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease? Periodontal diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that, if untreated, can lead to tooth loss. The word periodontal literally means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums, bone, and tissues supporting the teeth. About 75% to 80% of Americans have some form of gum disease. Gum disease most likely affects adults over 30, but anyone at any age can be at risk for a variety of reasons.

Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque causes the gums to become inflamed.

With the mildest forms of disease, gingivitis, the gums swell and generally bleed easily. There is generally little to no discomfort. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and improved oral home care.

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Perio Disease & Your Health Links:
> American Academy of Periodontology
> American Dental Association
> American Heart Association
> American Diabetes Association