at Dentalcare Swindon

What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is the area of dentistry which looks after the gum and bone tissue which supports your teeth. Periodontics particularly looks to prevent gum disease which is the number one cause for tooth loss.

At your regular dental check-ups your dentist will look at how much plaque is on your teeth. Removing the build-up of plaque is vital to maintain healthy gums and fight against tooth decay. You may be referred to a periodontal specialist if you are showing signs of gum disease.​

What can be treated?

Periodontal care can help to:

  • Identify and treat gum disease before it progresses
  • Help you to maintain your oral health
  • Treat gingivitis – this is the earliest form of gum disease and occurs when plaque builds up on your teeth and isn’t treated. Gingivitisis the inflammation of the gums which can become red and painful
  • Treat periodontitis – When gingivitis is not treated, it develops into periodontitis. The gums pull away from the from the tooth which develops into pockets containing bacteria. These pockets can become inflamed and infected and the tooth can be lost if the gums are not treated


Periodontists are also experts in replacing missing teeth. They can help with:


  • Dental implants
  • Gum graft surgery
  • Regenerative procedures
  • Dental crown lengthening
  • Plastic surgery procedures

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Frequently asked questions 

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis or periodontal disease is the professional term for gum disease. It can lead to a serious infection which if left untreated can cause harm to your gums and eventually lead to tooth loss.

What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontitisis mostly caused by poor oral hygiene with patients not brushing their teeth properly causing the build-up of plaque leading to damage to the gums.

What are the symptoms of periodontitis?

Early symptoms can include bleeding whilst brushing, soreness, redness and swelling of the gums. Gums may begin to recede. Gum disease is hard to detect and there may be few symptoms so it’s vital that you regularly attend your dental and hygienist appointments.

What is involved with periodontal treatment?

If you are referred to a periodontal specialist your mouth, teeth and gums will be given a thorough examination and you may have X-rays taken. Your teeth and gums will be given a clean and plaque removed from your teeth to prevent further infection. Depending on how severe your case, you may be given antibiotics. You will be given a treatment plan to help improve the condition of your gums.