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Unfortunately, gum disease is much more common than you might think. What’s more is that many affected by gum disease don’t even realize it. If gum disease is left untreated, it may develop into a more severe infection, called periodontitis. Periodontics at our Palm Beach Gardens dental office is the treatment of the gums in order to free them from periodontitis.

Without treatment, periodontitis can cause tooth loss, and has been linked to other diseases of the body, such as heart disease and even cancer. However, for gum disease or periodontal disease that has not progressed to advanced stages, proper cleaning including scaling and root planing can successfully correct the condition, protecting your smile and overall wellness.

Advanced gum disease sometime requires the dentist to clean below the gum line to remove stubborn, crusty deposits called tartar or calculus, and to remove damage near the tooth root. This is done to prevent further damage and restore and stabilize the tooth.

For some patients, a local anesthetic is administered to the affected area. Then, a small scaling instrument and/or ultrasonic cleaning device are used to remove the deposits.

After cleaning, the root may need to be smoothed, or planed, to restore it as much as possible to its original shape. Planing also allows your gum tissue to better attach itself and heal properly.

Periodontics by Dr. Rudnick may involve laser dental treatment. This is a comfortable, very effective, yet conservative way to attack severe gum disease. A virtually painless soft-tissue laser allows him to get deep inside the gums, for a thorough cleaning within gum pockets.

Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Rudnick may refer you to a periodontist, a specialist in advanced periodontal treatment to ensure you get the best outcome possible.

Protecting the health of your teeth and gums plays a leading role in maintaining optimum general well-being. For effective, comfortable periodontics in Palm Beach Gardens, visit Dr. Rudnick at Rudnick Dentistry today.