What is Periodontics?
Focusing on the tissue that supports the teeth, periodontics is a specialty offered by Dental Specialties Northwest.
As a periodontist, Dr. Sweeney specializes in prevention, identification, and treatment of periodontal disease. Periodontics refers to treatment of gums and surrounding tissues.
You might need periodontal treatment if you experience:
- Swollen and Red Gums
- Bleeding Gums
- Receding Gum Line
- Tooth Movement
- Loose Teeth
Periodontics is Good for Your Overall Health and Your Smile
Research shows that there is a connection between oral and overall health. Mouth bacteria can cause infection in other parts of your body as well. Periodontitis has also been linked to heart disease, endocarditis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Gum disease won’t go away by itself and often requires aggressive treatment to keep it at bay. Keep in mind that gingivitis, the less severe form of gum disease is curable, while the more severe form of gum disease, periodontitis, is not. It can be controlled, but not cured. It’s also important to remember that people with untreated gum disease will eventually lose their teeth.