I think I might have Periodontal Disease. Is there any way for me to know for sure
without visiting my dentist or a periodontist?
It's impossible to give you a set of criteria by which you can definitively determine whether
or not you suffer from Periodontal Disease, but the American Academy of Periodontology
has a self-assessment tool that you can use to gain some insight into your risks.
What causes Periodontal Disease?
There are a variety of factors that can contribute to Periodontal Disease. For a discussion
of some of these factors, the American Academy of Periodontology has provided some extensive
discussion of the risk factors.
What is the best way to treat Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal diseases, by their name, are a collection of diseases that affect the soft
and hard tissue structures supporting the teeth. They have a myriad of causative factors.
Of course, there are, likewise, a variety of potential treatments. In general, periodontics
as a specialty seeks to use scientifically proven methodologies to successfully
treat periodontology. For a broader discussion of these treatments, visit the American
Academy of Periodontology website.
I understand that there are a number of general health risks related to the
presence of one or more periodontal diseases in my mouth. How can I learn more about these?
It seems like each day there is another study linking periodontal diseases to other
general physical health risks and conditions. The American Academy of Periodontology has
compiled a good discussion of these. Many of these relationships have profound implications
for your ability to maintain good general health in the presence of periodontal diseases.
I'd like to learn more about dental implants. I think that I might be helped by
their placement, but it seems like lots of dentists and dental specialists place them.
How can I learn more?
A little secret of dental implants is that once placed, they require periodic maintenance
and consistent follow up, just as do healthy (and less healthy) teeth. Your periodontist
is the best equipped member of the broader "dental team" to provide that care and oversight,
as well as to provide the surgical precision and skill to place these potentially life-altering dental
fixtures in bone. The American Academy of Periodontology provides a good discussion of dental
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