Periodontics is the area of dentistry aimed at the prevention, diagnosis, and subsequent treatment of gum disease and other issues that impact the structures and supporting tissues of the teeth. Periodontists need to undergo additional training and practice to specialise in this area.
Effects of periodontal disease
If left untreated, chronic periodontal disease can lead to:
- bone and tissue loss
- tooth loss
- loose teeth
- moving teeth
It is heavily stressed for periodontal health to be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner, which is accomplished through non-surgical periodontal treatment such as scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing
Scaling and root planing is cleaning the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. The primary goal is to thoroughly clean the pockets (space between teeth and gums) to prevent damage, infection, and disease. Adjunctive therapy, local delivery antimicrobials or systemic antibiotics might be added as needed on a case-by-case basis.
In more severe cases of gum disease, the following surgical treatments may be needed:
- Gum Graft Surgery
- Laser treatment
- Pocket reduction surgery
- Bone graft
- Tissue Regenerative procedures
- Dental crown Lengthening
- Dental implants.
Periodontics in Emerald or surrounds
Periodontics are available at any of Serenity Dental CQ’s three dental clinics – at Emerald, Middlemount and Dysart.
While Serenity Dental CQ is a Bupa preferred dentist and also a preferred provider for HCF, Medibank, Westfund and CBHS, all health funds are accepted with Hicaps used to process claims for you at the time of your appointment. Interest-free dental payment plans are also available.