Macedon Family Dentistry: Dr. Lisa Spinello

The term “periodontics” refers to the dental specialty that pertains to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease that affects the gums and jawbone. The gum tissues surround and support the teeth and the underlying jawbone anchors teeth firmly in place.

Reasons for periodontal treatment

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition which begins with mild gum inflammation called gingivitis. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults living in the developed world, and should be taken very seriously. Periodontal disease (often called gum disease) is typically signified by red, swollen, painful, or bleeding gums, but in some cases has no noticeable symptoms.

Periodontal disease generally begins when the bacteria living in plaque cause an infection in the surrounding tissues of the teeth, causing them to become irritated and painful. Eventually, this infection will cause the jawbone to recede and the tooth to become loose.

Because periodontal disease is progressive, it is essential to remove the bacteria and calculus build up to halt the spread of the infection. At Macedon Family Dentistry, our dentists, Dr. Joseph Behrman and Dr. Jeni Behrman, will be happy to advise you on effective cleaning methods and treatment options.

If you want to learn more about gum disease or periodontal treatment or if you need a dentist in the Palmyra, Fairport or Macedon area, call us today for an appointment.