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Periodontal surgery is a highly effective and affordable way to make sure you don’t lose teeth to gum disease. Read on to find our more about periodontal surgery.

Periodontal surgery is one of those terms that you hear from time to time, and though you know it has something to do with oral health, you’re possibly a bit vague about it.

The term periodontal actually refers to the structures supporting the teeth – an in particular, the gums. You might not know it, but gum disease is one of the most common forms of dental complaints, so you’re quite likely to come across the need for periodontic treatment at some stage or another.

As to what lies behind gum disease the most common culprit is infection – and specifically, bacterial infection. It’s important to grasp that this infection doesn’t act directly on the tooth, but it can have a devastating effect o the soft tissue or the bone that keeps your teeth firmly in place.

Unlike other forms of dental problems which are caused by structural problems, the primary reason for gum disease is infection – bacterial infection, to be precise. This infection doesn’t actually act on the teeth, but it has a major impact on the bone and the soft tissue that keeps your teeth in place.

It’s hard to avoid gum disease forever, even if you tend to have a good regime of dental hygiene. The signs that something may be brewing are fairly obvious and easy to spot.

The first signs tend to be some redness or inflammation around the gum area, and in extreme cases, there may even be a loss of bone mass, or possibly severe swelling.

Surprisingly perhaps, the infection does not spread around the whole of the mouth immediately, but if you neglect the condition, it may very well spread to the neighbouring few teeth.

And worse again, if you leave things for too long, the condition simply can’t be reversed, which means that you’re likely to lose a tooth or teeth. If you believe you may have some of the symptoms mentioned above, why not arrange a quick visit to your dentist to have it confirmed either way.

Your teeth should last a lifetime.

It’s a common misconception that you have to lose the odd tooth as you grow older, but this is simply not the case. They’re designed to last you for the course of your lifetime, and if your dental regime is good enough – with regular visits to the dentist, you can look forward to having a full, toothy smile right into your golden years.

But if your teeth are going to come under attack during your lifetime, gum disease is very likely to be the culprit. It’s estimated that up to eight out of every ten people will suffer from gum disease at some stage.

The bottom
line is that you need to act quickly if you suspect gum disease, because if you let the problem advance too far, it can’t be resolved by dental hygiene and will result in periodontic surgery.

With statistics like that, it’s more important than ever that you don’t put your dental appointments on the long finger.
Your dentist is far more expert than you are at spotting the warning signs.

If the problem is at an early stage, the answer to the problem may simply be a thorough cleaning by your dentist and a more aggressive dental hygiene routine, but if you’ve let the problem advance too far, periodontic surgery may be called for.

How to spot and treat gingivitis

The name given to those early stages of gum disease is gingivitis. This is a very common complaint, and one that has seen the arrival of many over-the-counter treatments from your local chemist.
It’s a very common condition, and you may well have seen various over-the-counter treatments for the problem in your local chemist. Happily, gingivitis is relatively easy to treat, and will have no lasting impact on your bones or on the soft tissue around the tooth and gum.
You can get lots of advice on treating gingivitis from your dentist or oral hygienist, but if you want to keep it at bay – or make sure it doesn’t recur – then it’s essential that your oral hygiene regime is as stringent as possible.