At Mid Peninsula Dental Specialists in Los Altos CA, we have a few specialties. In order to help our patients – prospective or recurring – understand what we are all about, we like to distribute primers like this through our blog. This one is about periodontics! Check it out below and schedule a consult with our team to learn more.
What Is Periodontics?
With complicated words that don’t refer to real objects, it’s hard to tell branches of dentistry apart sometimes. Periodontics is a fancy word that describes the specialty that focuses on the health of your gums and the supporting structures around your teeth. These areas are also known as your periodontal tissues – hence the name.
Periodontics can help you maintain healthy teeth and a healthy mouth overall. Your periodontal tissues serve to anchor your teeth in place and play an important role in the maintenance of bone density. Changes in your periodontal health can result in problems such as tooth mobility – also known as drifting – loss of biting surface area, inflammation, and bleeding while eating. If left untreated, these issues can result in significant changes in your facial shape and structure.
Issues with your periodontal health can be genetic or related to lifestyle factors, such as certain types of medication, smoking, and a poorly maintained dental routine. Once established, periodontal disease is difficult to cure completely; however, timely diagnosis and effective treatment can prevent or slow its progress.
If necessary, surgery may be an important component of periodontal care. If you suspect that you may have periodontal issues, Mid Peninsula Dental Specialists in Los Altos CA can help. Patients from Palo Alto and Mountain View also come to us for dental implants. Contact us today!