Periodontics – gum treatment


Gum health is essential for a healthy smile and a better quality of life. Discover how Odonto Liuzzi professionals stand out in the field of periodontics, offering advanced treatments and personalized care to guarantee the complete oral health of our patients.

What is periodontics?

The term 'periodontal' refers to everything that is “around the tooth”, and these diseases represent a chronic bacterial infection that compromises the gums and tooth-supporting bone.

Periodontics is the dental specialty focused on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis. 

At Odonto Liuzzi, our goal is to identify and treat these conditions early, avoiding future complications.

Importance of combating periodontal diseases

At Odonto Liuzzi, we emphasize the seriousness of periodontal diseases – including gingivitis and periodontitis, also known as pyorrhea. These are not just local conditions: if neglected, they can result in tooth loss and even trigger infections in other parts of the body.

Gingivitis, the initial and mildest stage of periodontal disease, is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily. At this stage, discomfort is minimal or non-existent. 

The common cause of gingivitis is a lack of proper oral hygiene, but the good news is that it is reversible with professional treatments and home care. However, if left untreated, plaque can burrow deeper under the gums, creating infected periodontal pockets between the teeth and gums. 

As periodontitis progresses, these pockets deepen, leading to the destruction of more gum tissue and bone. Interestingly, even though it is a destructive process, the symptoms can be quite subtle. In advanced stages, teeth may become mobile and may even require extraction.

Periodontal disease risk factors

Bacterial plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease, but other factors can aggravate the condition, such as smoking, diabetes, poor diet, pregnancy, stress and genetic predisposition.

Advanced periodontitis

At Odonto Liuzzi, we draw attention to the aggressiveness of infections linked to advanced periodontitis. Follow-up with a dentist specializing in periodontics is crucial to quickly control the disease. Periodontal infections can reach the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, resulting in more serious complications and, in extreme cases, even life-threatening for the patient.

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Periodontal disease treatment

Periodontal treatment is essential to combat diseases that affect the gums and bones that support the teeth. This process is carried out in several steps depending on the severity of the condition.

Assessment and diagnosis

The first step is a complete evaluation, which usually includes a detailed examination of the gums, checking tooth mobility, measuring periodontal pockets (space between the gum and tooth), and x-rays to assess bone loss and the need for a dental implant.

Oral hygiene and education

Educating the patient about periodontal disease and how to maintain good oral hygiene is crucial. This includes proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Scaling and root planing​

This is one of the main stages of treatment. It involves removing plaque and tartar accumulated above and below the gum line. Root planing involves removing rough parts on the tooth root where germs tend to accumulate.

This process helps to remove bacteria and provide a clean, smooth surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth, reducing the depth of periodontal pockets.

Depending on the situation, antibiotics or other medications may be prescribed to help control the infection and inflammation.

Periodontal surgery

In more serious cases, surgery may be necessary. This may include procedures such as flap surgery (opening the gums to remove deep tartar), bone grafts (to regenerate lost bone), or gum tissue grafts (to cover exposed roots or reinforce thin gums).

Periodontal maintenance

After initial treatment, regular follow-up is essential. This includes professional periodontal cleanings, regular checkups to monitor gum health, and adjustments to the patient's oral hygiene care. The goal is to maintain periodontal health and prevent recurrence of the disease.

Lifestyle adjustments

Lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking and improving nutrition, are also recommended to aid recovery and prevent future periodontal disease.

Each treatment plan is personalized according to the patient's specific needs and the severity of the problem.

Periodontal treatment aims to not only treat existing disease, but also provide the patient with the tools and knowledge necessary to maintain good oral health in the long term.

Periodontics treatments at Odonto Liuzzi

At Odonto Liuzzi you will find a team of specialists in periodontics, cutting-edge technology and personalized care that makes all the difference. We understand the impact that gum health has on overall well-being and are here to ensure you receive the best treatment possible. 

If you are experiencing gum problems or simply want to maintain excellent oral health, we are ready to serve you with the expertise and care you deserve. Schedule your consultation at the best RJ dental clinic and take the first step towards a healthier smile and a happier life.

Be sure to consult our team to take care of your periodontal problems. Remember health starts with the mouth.

Camila Cruz

My experience at Odontoliuzzi was wonderful. I was always attended with great respect and attention, from the first contact. The doctor gave me a lot of confidence and solved my clinical case with the least possible pain, guiding me and being available all the time. Humanized care takes place before, during and after treatment. I was delighted with the follow-up of professionals. Making appointments via WhatsApp is also a plus. Congratulations to the whole team. I highly recommend the clinic!

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