Periodontics is the treatment and study of the tissues that support and surround your teeth and bones.  These soft and hard tissues are referred to, in the dental industry, as the periodontium. When this area is compromised the results are gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Many people in Ross Township, Ingomar, Sewickley, Coraopolis, Glenshaw, and all throughout the neighboring areas suffer from gum disease, or gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Luckily, DeBonis Family Dentistry is accomplished at detecting these issues at their earliest stages and able to address the situation.  

What is periodontal disease?

In most cases, gingivitis leads to periodontal disease.  The early stages of gingivitis stem from poor flossing and brushing which allows plaque to form on the surfaces of the gums and teeth and below the gum line.  If untreated, plaque hardens and is then referred to as tartar. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away or easily treated by our DeBonis Family Dentistry staff.  Tartar, on the other hand is difficult to remove without the help of our dentist.

When tartar is present, the gums are susceptible to infection and begin to recede, exposing the root of the tooth.  This is the start of periodontal disease.

How is periodontal disease treated?

If gingivitis has not advanced, we’ll discuss with you your hygiene habits and educate you on proper oral health care.  One or more in-office cleanings may also be necessary to remove the plaque or tartar. At an advanced stage, periodontal disease my need more appointments and treatments to remedy the situation and restore your oral health.

How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

It is possible warning signals won’t be apparent with periodontal disease. However, there are a few common factors that indicate periodontal disease. These symptoms include:

Changes in your gums

  • Receding gums:  Your teeth or gums may seem to change in size which is really your gums receding away from the crown of the tooth.
  • Swelling:  Swollen gums which may or may not be red indicate an infection or problem.
  • Sensitivity around the teeth and gums:  Hot and cold beverages and foods may cause your teeth to feel more tender and sensitive.
  • Bleeding:  Gums which bleed when brushing or flossing aren’t just a sign that you’ve brushed them too hard; it can indicate an infection beneath your gums as a result of periodontal disease.

Bad Breath

Chronic bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is a possible sign that periodontal disease or gingivitis has set in.

Changes in your Teeth

Loose teeth, the appearance of your teeth, and increased sensitivity are all symptoms of periodontal disease.  

By staying up to date on your regularly scheduled dental visits, gum and periodontal diseases can be caught and treated in their early stages.  A professional cleaning allows us to inspect your teeth and gums, and gives us access to any warning signs that may lead to trouble with your oral health.

DeBonis Family Dentistry works as a united team with the leading periodontists in Ross Township, Ingomar, Sewickley, Coraopolis, Glenshaw, and the surrounding areas in order to save your mouth from periodontal disease.  

Please give us a call at (412) 761-9594 if you have any concerns about periodontal disease or gingivitis or if you would like to learn more. We are always happy to help!