What is the parodontal illness?
Parodontosis is an illness that affects the tissues that hold teeth secured into the bone. It has multiple aspects and it isn’t always for patients to realize they have a problem, that is why the starting phases are overlooked and an advanced stage is reached, signaled by bleeding gums, pain, or high tooth mobility.
What happens during the treatment of the parodontal illness?
If your gums bleed during brushing or the color seems off (violet-red) then it is of the utmost importance that you see your dentist for a diagnostic and a proper treatment. At this stage, you probably have gingivitis and you will receive a professional hygiene treatment (tartar removal, air-flow, professional brushing.
NOTE – these illnesses will never go away with the use of mouthwashes and toothpastes, no matter how many active ingredients they have.
At IDENTIS you will receive help with your brushing technique (very important in parodontosis) and learn new techniques that will help you maintain the results obtained via tartar removal.
If bleeding occurs at the slightest touch, the gum is retracted from the teeth and the teeth becomes mobile, then the stage of the illness is advanced and the treatment you will receive will be more complex. SRP-Scaling Root Planning is the procedure which implies carefully and thoroughly cleaning the roots of the teeth under local anesthesia or complex surgical interventions, that will be explained by the practitioner. It is important to know that by this stage, the illness is irreversible and the only possible thing left is to stop the evolution of this disease, reason for which it is important to contact your dentist at an early stage.
Monitoring the illness is paramount for the success of the treatment and visiting your dentist will become mandatory. Once this illness is discovered, you will need to visit the dentist at least 3-4 times a year during the first few years, and 2 times a year afterwards, if you want to keep a low concentration of microbes in your oral cavity.
Why is this treatment performed?
Treatment is crucial to keeping your teeth for as long as possible. Studies made from the sixties until now show that parodontosis will surely lead to total tooth loss. Until the present date there is still no medicine or vaccine that can stop the evolution of this disease, much less revert it. Sadly, it has been scientifically proven that the extraction of all teeth and replacing them with implants is not a solution as the disease is not in the teeth but in the patient, so implants will be placed on the same field, making the disease be called periimplantitis instead of parodontosis.
What are the risks?
Alongside solving occlusion problems and correcting brushing technique, parodontal surgery fixes the non-aesthetic gums as well. In case of parodonthal illness, more than in the case of any other illness, a close collaboration with the dentist is necessary for a successful treatment and for keeping the teeth for as much time as possible.