Periodontics Edinburgh is a branch of dentistry that focuses solely on restoring gum health. Patients tend to concern themselves mainly with teeth but dental professionals know well the vital importance of gums remaining in a healthy condition too.
In a similar way that high blood pressure is considered a silent disease, so too, is periodontal or gum disease. Many of the red flags (bite changes, receding gums, and separating teeth) that point to gum disease aren’t easily noticeable by the patient until these get to advanced stages in the progression of the disease.
Identifying gum disease or potential gum disease is part of what our competent dentist at Meadowbank Dental does during a routine dental check. By ignoring scheduled dental health checks, a patient’s gum condition will go untreated sparking deteriorating gum and jawbone quality and severe tooth loss. Once our dental practitioner has confirmed the onset of periodontal disease, there is an array of periodontal therapies available. As patients’ conditions vary from individual to individual, a professional consultation is required to find the most suitable treatment plan involving periodontics Edinburgh.
Why patients should look to periodontics Edinburgh
In addition to providing an excellent treatment that protects gum and jawbone health, periodontal therapy provides a number of benefits, including the following:
Contributes to a pleasing smile. A great looking smile is not only concerned with the look of teeth (colour, alignment, etc.) but also includes healthy looking gums. Gums that are kept in good condition is an important factor when evaluating smiles.
Keeping your breath fresh. It is common for patients to look at causes for bad breath above the gum line. Gum problems are another source that leads to chronic halitosis. It should be remembered that bad bacteria and decaying food particles can collect below the gum line as well as above. Periodontal therapies can also target the removal of any unwanted particles impacting the invisible part of the gums.
Identify potential medical conditions. It is surprising how much a dental professional can tell about a patient’s medical condition just by examining the gums. Dental issues, gum disease in particular, can reveal illnesses that are found in other parts of the body. If gums are in poor health then it is very likely that a patient’s cardiovascular health is compromised.
Protect other mouth structures. Parts of the mouth do not work in isolation with many parts such as the gums and jawbone depending on the good health of teeth to remain strong and healthy. When gums are diseased (and if left untreated) this condition can put jawbone density and other structures such as periodontal ligaments at risk.
The onset of gum disease is a highly treatable condition when preventive measures are put in place like scaling and polishing. By seeking treatment for periodontal disease sooner, a patient avoids long-drawn out treatments that can come with a heavy price tag.
One sure-fire way to avoid both the cost and time of correcting complex gum problems is to have our friendly dental practitioner at Meadowbank Dental carry out regular screenings for gum disease, oral cancers while also ensuring teeth are clean, strong and healthy.