Dental health can sometimes take a backseat to regular medical problems, especially when it comes to health insurance and accessibility not always being the same. This can lead to people not keeping up with their dental health, not getting their regular checkups to ensure there are no issues that need to be addressed. This is especially the case with periodontal disease, a fairly commonly occurring dental problem that many are unaware of having since it doesn’t cause general pain or discomfort. It occurs in enough patients that it is a specialty and typically a periodontal treatment dentist completes additional years of training to gain expertise in the field. It is something that can be treated successfully, but first it needs to be identified.
Periodontal disease is is a complex disease that can be somewhat minor or can be more difficult to treat. For the most part, it causes gums to pull away from the teeth and create pockets that can become infected. This is one of the reasons why many times the presence of disease is only discovered after a tooth has been extracted. Many patients can undergo simple treatments for a successful recovery. There are both non-surgical and surgical treatments, though many patients that aren’t extremely advanced can go with the non-surgical to restore periodontal health. Your dentist will review your options when you go in for treatment. At times, the presence of this disease can also cause you to loose teeth. If this happens, part of the treatment may include replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
The best way to avoid the disease is really to maintain good dental and medical health, as they can influence each other many times. Finding a dentist you trust and go to yearly for checkups can help you maintain good health. With yearly checkups being part of a private health cover, it is something that almost all should make a priority as part of maintaining their health.