The term periodontics refers to the dental specialty that pertains to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease that affects the gums and jawbone. Healthy gums and bone are essential to keeping your teeth forever. Dr. DeWitt and his staff are well trained in non-surgical and surgical periodontal care. In more advanced cases, Dr. DeWitt will coordinate periodontal treatment with a specialist.
Periodontal disease (also called gum disease) is a progressive condition, which can start with mild gum inflammation called gingivitis and it is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Symptoms can include red, swollen, painful, or bleeding gums, but in some cases has no noticeable symptoms.
Localized gum recession – The infection which propagates moderate or advanced gum disease often begins in one area. Gum recession may also be caused due to over brushing with a hard bristle brush, or due to a tooth that is not positioned properly. Immediate treatment is required to prevent further spreading.
Due to the fact that periodontal disease is progressive, it is vital to remove the bacteria and calculus build up to stop the spread of the infection. Dr. DeWitt will also advise you on effective cleaning methods and treatment options.