The term periodontics refers to the health and care of your gums and other supporting structures of your teeth.
The Roberson Dental Care team employs various periodontal protocols to treat and prevent tooth decay and general oral health issues from escalating into more serious concerns and conditions.
If you have ever been diagnosed with gum disease, you may have heard it referred to as gingivitis or periodontitis. Gingivitis means your gums have become inflamed and tend to bleed when you brush. Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease that has progressed to the point where there is more significant damage to the hard tissue surrounding your teeth.
While increasing brushing and flossing at home can usually reverse gingivitis, periodontitis responds better to therapies (like scaling and root planing) that are available at Roberson Dental.
When scaling and root planing is performed at our Birmingham dental practice, Dr. Roberson first provides you with a local anaesthetic to ensure your comfort. Root planing cleans debris that lies underneath the gum line, while scaling removes deep-set plaque from your teeth with a laser or other device. Bacteria that have invaded your gum line are often impossible to eliminate with normal brushing and flossing alone, and can sometimes pose a challenge even for regular dental cleanings.
With gum disease linked to serious diseases like stroke and heart disease, treating it is essential. Your Birmingham dental team can help you detect, and even prevent gum disease if you are at risk for developing it.
Bi-annual dental cleanings help to remove tartar and plaque in areas that can be difficult to reach with brushing and flossing. Fortunately, when detected early, Dr. Roberson has an excellent track record reversing, and even preventing, gum disease from ever developing!
Keep Your Teeth Healthy with Help from Roberson Dental
Patients depend on Dr. Roberson and his team to treat them with respect and compassion to restore and maintain optimal oral health. Our commitment to prevention means we are happy to share how you can best care for your teeth and gums at home, and thereby enjoy good oral health for your lifetime!