Periodontics


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Too often we forget that the health of our teeth depends on the health of the gums and bones supporting them. Periodontal disease affects nearly 80 % of adults and the vast majority of receding gums could be avoided if prevention were highlighted.A visit to the hygienist at least once a year prevents periodontal disease.Periodontal disease is a general term that describes various different conditions superficially affecting the gums (gingivitis) or more deeply affecting the periodontium (periodontitis), i.e. all the elements supporting the teeth (gums, bone, supporting tissue).

Periodontal disease is one of the most common dental diseases. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in people over the age of 40.

Infectious periodontitis gradually destroys the periodontium. The causes of this disease are often linked to poor dental hygiene or previously badly treated oral diseases. Smoking, stress, diabetes and certain drugs are risk factors.The formation of dental plaque and accumulation of tartar on the teeth are the first stages of this disease. Bleeding gums is often the first visible sign. Bad breath (halitosis) is also often associated with it.
During the development of periodontal disease, the periodontal pockets located around the teeth become infected and deepen. In extreme cases, there is destruction of the supporting bone and loss of teeth.

Periodontal disease can also have repercussions elsewhere in the body. It is therefore very important to quickly stop its progress.Early detection and treatment of periodontal disease are your best defence.

Hence a regular visit to your dentist is recommended to check the state of the pockets.

The laser is a very effective non-surgical tool for the treatment of periodontal pockets. It cleans and disinfects the pockets through its sterilising, anti-inflammatory and biostimulating action. Linked with possible removal of tartar, dental laser surgeons often obtain remarkable results, with restoration of the bone. This treatment enables reattachment of tissue along the tooth root, which reduces, and even eliminates dental movement. It also aids elimination of bleeding gums and bad breath of gingival origin.The laser respects the gums, unlike surgical periodontal treatment, which can lead to significant losses of gingival tissue, which makes the smile look unsightly.

Laser treatment hence helps patients keep their teeth longer by preventing tooth loss, caries and recurrences.

In some European countries (Italy and Holland) and the United States, the treatment of pockets is often carried out by hygienists working in joint collaboration with dental surgeons, who can devote their time to more complex cases.Although this care is important, treatment of periodontal disease is curiously not reimbursed by the Social Security. However, some health insurance companies may cover it wholly or in part. Some practitioners offer financing plans for their patient care.



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