Periodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease as well as the process of replacing teeth with dental implants. Periodontists receive up to three years of additional, specialized training in treating periodontal disease and other conditions.
Periodontists are also specialists in treating oral inflammation and any condition requiring either non-surgical treatment or oral plastic surgery. Oftentimes, periodontists are treating conditions caused by periodontal disease and its effects such as persistent bad breath or gum recession.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
If your teeth have started to appear longer or you are suffering from persistent bad breath, you may be suffering from periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. Gum disease is the most common cause of gum recession and a variety of factors can contribute to its development. Things like your genetic makeup, tobacco use, diabetes and other illnesses as well as poor oral hygiene can all result in gum disease.
Preventing Gum Disease
At The Dentistry Place, we encourage patients to prevent gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly. The risk of developing gum disease also increases if you smoke or use tobacco products, or if you have a systemic medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes or osteoporosis. If you are interested in learning more about preventing gum disease in Denver, Colorado, please contact us at (303) 974-5533 to make an appointment with Dr. Robert Greene.