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Periodontics in Panama

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What is Periodontics?

Feeling that the gums are swollen, an increase in sensitivity or some bleeding, are warning signs to request a periodontics appointment in Panama and start a gum treatment.

In dentistry, periodontics is a specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gums, alveolar bone and periodontal ligaments.

Periodontal problems have various causes and should be treated by specialists.

The main gum diseases are gingivitis and periodontitis, although they are also known as periodontal disease.

Consequently, the specialty studies the behavior of these pathologies, which range from mild inflammation to the loss of the support of a dental piece.

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Why should periodontal disease be treated?

Although it sometimes goes unnoticed mainly because of ignorance, periodontal disease involves risks that can affect the good health of your mouth.

Basically, as we have already pointed out, there are two differentiable pathologies:

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Gingivitis.

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Periodontitis.

In fact, periodontal disease is a public health problem that affects about 90% of people over 35 years of age; it is one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults.

What are the risk factors that predispose to periodontal disease?

Poor oral hygiene habits.

Bad eating habits.

Alcohol consumption.

Cigarette consumption.

Diabetes.

Genetic predisposition.

Complications during pregnancy.

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Gingivitis

Gingivitis is an inflammation that affects the gums and the tissues that protect the teeth. It is a reversible condition that characterizes the initial stage of periodontal disease.

It is recognized mainly by the accumulation of plaque adhering to the tooth, which after a while irritates the gums.

As the disease progresses, there is a change in the appearance of the gums, staining them a dark red or purple color. There are also increased sensitivity problems, inflammation around the teeth and variable bleeding.
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Since it is a reversible disease, it is possible to treat it. However, it is important to act preventively and have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year to remove tartar build-up and check the health of your teeth and gums.

Tartar buildup on teeth is controlled by proper oral hygiene, maintaining habits such as brushing a minimum of three times a day, flossing and mouthwash, which will help remove food debris and plaque. In this way, the appearance of gingivitis can be prevented.

If necessary, we will use interdental brushes to remove tartar and achieve a better cleaning of teeth and gums.

Careless oral hygiene and failure to visit a specialist in a timely manner can worsen gingivitis, causing teeth to move and gums to recede until they degenerate into periodontitis.

Periodontitis

It is nothing more than the evolution of the previous one, becoming an irreversible disease. In these cases, the disease has already receded the gums and affected the alveolar bone, root cementum and periodontal ligament, seriously compromising the support and stability of the tooth.

In fact, this is a public health problem that affects about 90% of people over 35 years of age; it is one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults.

When can I request an appointment with a periodontist in Panama?

It is important to consult a periodontist in Panama for more information; he/she will answer questions and make a timely diagnosis, especially if any of these symptoms are present:

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Reddened gums with a dark red or purple hue

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Swollen gums; the tongue is able to perceive the swelling near the teeth and there is a sensation of pain.

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Gums that bleed very easily without the need for mistreatment or contact with any object

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Spacing between new or larger teeth

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Retraction of the gums or exposure of tooth roots

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Presence of pus

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Frequent bad breath that is not eliminated by proper oral hygiene

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Painful chewing and tooth movement

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Sensitivity

Periodontitis and gum treatment

It is nothing more than the evolution of the previous one, becoming an irreversible disease. In these cases, the disease has already receded the gums and affected the alveolar bone, root cementum and periodontal ligament, seriously compromising the support and stability of the tooth.

In this sense, the loss of bone mass is considered the main indicator to identify the degree of progression of the disease, hence the frequency with which we visit a specialist is key for us to be able to stop its progression.

Periodontitis treatments vary according to the case and its degree of evolution. To make an accurate diagnosis, it is necessary to have a thorough periodontal study that includes a set of radiographs and gum probing or periodontogram.

This advanced stage of gum disease is a consequence of untreated gingivitis.

In addition to inflammation of the gums, the bone supporting the teeth is affected, retraction (overexposure of the tooth root) and widening of spaces between the teeth (separation) occur.

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All this has serious effects on oral health and esthetics. Often, the separation of the teeth opens the way to infections, due to the amount of bacteria that proliferate in the mouth and accumulate in these spaces.

For this reason, in the earliest stage of periodontitis, treatment may include curettage; a process by which scaling is performed to remove tartar and clean plaque deposited on teeth and gums.

This cleaning allows us to reach below the gums and clean beyond the exposed surface of the teeth. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia, using a minimally invasive technique that does not generate long-term discomfort.

Risk Factors

Among the conditions that favor periodontitis are stress, overweight, alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes, osteoporosis, poorly positioned teeth and poor oral hygiene habits.

Periodontics and the treatment of gum diseases

As soon as periodontal disease is identified, the first thing to be done is an approach according to the stage of the disease.

For this reason, if we are in the presence of gingivitis, we should start with a deep dental cleaning procedure that helps to displace the accumulated bacteria (dental prophylaxis).

On the other hand, when the disease has already progressed to periodontitis, scaling and root planing are used to clean the area and then give way to periodontal surgery.

The latter is performed either to make a graft to help cover the spaces of the displaced gums or to apply a bone regeneration procedure.

Finally, the patient should maintain a constant follow-up of the evolution of his case and resume dental check-ups with professional cleaning at least twice a year; this of course maintaining oral hygiene habits that include a correct brushing technique, use of dental floss and a good mouthwash.

Periodontal treatment in pregnancy

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The periodontal treatment during pregnancy is not a matter to be taken lightly, since pregnant women are at a higher risk of suffering complications during pregnancy.

In particular, developing periodontitis during pregnancy adds two major risks to the woman’s condition: the likelihood of triggering preeclampsia or premature delivery.

For this reason, it is important to initiate treatment as early as possible to prevent systemic complications and adverse effects during pregnancy; and preferably, to restore gingival health before becoming pregnant.

Even so, you should know that periodontal periodontal treatment in pregnancy is safe during the second and third trimester of pregnancy (as long as it is non-surgical).

What is the cost of periodontal treatments?

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Thanks to our wonderful team of specialists in periodontics, you can entrust the development of your treatment to professional hands, which also offer guaranteed results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the most frequently asked questions we have received regarding periodontal treatments in Panama and learn a little more about this topic of interest.

Obviously modern dental treatments are not as painful as they were in the past, since dental sedation is nowadays applied during the execution of any procedure. This sedation is applied very quickly and comfortably for the patient, and it is also very effective.

In this sense, local anesthesia is a novel system that is applied in many clinical offices to avoid bad moments for patients who have developed a phobia of dental treatments.

Also with this type of sedation it is possible to control the level of nervous tension and anxiety of the patient.

Before we argue with the choice of dentist, you should be aware that the dentist is qualified to deal with all kinds of situations that have to do with our dental health.

However, if we already know beforehand what the problem is and it has to do with a periodontal disease; obviously a periodontist should be contacted.

A periodontist is responsible for the study, treatment and prevention of pathologies that create conditions in the tissue surrounding the teeth, i.e. gums, periodontal ligaments, alveolar bone and root cementum.

If the problem is periodontitis, it is necessary to have a professional who is skilled enough to thoroughly clean the pockets around the teeth to prevent damage to the surrounding bone.

First of all, both share the fundamental objective of ensuring the well-being and dental health care of the patient. However, each specialty has a different approach, depending on the existing affectation.

On the one hand, periodontics specializes in maintaining the health of the gums and treating the diseases that develop in them. Endodontics, on the other hand, focuses on the treatment of tooth roots and oral pain.

During periodontics, deep cleaning, smoothing and scaling of the affected area is performed in order to combat gum disease; in general terms, it is a fairly simple treatment.

Endodontics is a dental treatment where the specialist works on the root of the tooth, the pulp and the nerves that cause pain, to fix and save the teeth in the process of infection or decay.

As soon as necessary. Generally, one of the following cases is present:

  • During a routine dental check-up, the dentist verifies the good health of our mouth. If any possible involvement is detected at this appointment (e.g., gingivitis), you will most likely be referred to a periodontist.
  • Likewise, if you detect bleeding and inflammation of the gums during the daily brushing process, it is advisable to consult a periodontist.
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