Periodontics is the speciality in dentistry which deals with the tissues around the teeth; in other words, the supporting structures that keep the tooth in place.
For various reasons, some patients suffer from periodontitis – inflammation of the gums and other supporting structures of the teeth as a result of excessive plaque and tartar build-up. In most cases, if left untreated, this condition will ultimately result in the loss of teeth. In many cases patients who suffer from periodontitis experience little or no symptoms until the very late stages of the disease. Symptoms include swollen, tender gums which bleed readily, teeth begin to feel loose, a foul taste in the mouth and halitosis (bad breath). Recent research has shown that periodontitis is linked to other systemic problems such as some cardiac conditions, stroke, thrombosis and diabetes.
Hennie van Jaarsveld, our specialist periodontist, is able to help such patients. Using non-surgical as well as surgical techniques, he is able to reverse virtually all the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, thereby increasing the likelihood of the patient keeping their teeth for a longer length of time as well as potentially improving their health in general. It is then very much the responsibility of the patient to maintain a good level of oral hygiene which includes meticulous home care as well as regular visits to the hygienist.