Sunday 18th February 2018    

Periodontics is the dental specialty that concentrates on the supporting tissues of the teeth (periodontium). These include your gums, the bone of your jaws surrounding the roots of your teeth and also the specialised ligaments that attach your teeth to this bone. These foundations of your teeth are an absolutely integral part of your overall oral health and increasingly evidence is mounting of possible links between disease of your periodontium and serious systemic illnesses such as heart disease.


Like other areas of dentistry, periodontics is rapidly evolving as research into the causes of gum diseases, new treatments and novel techniques all contribute to our knowledge. Many periodontal diseases lead to a loss of attachment between the teeth and the bone of the jaws. One of the most keenly sought solutions is to allow this attachment to reform so that the effects of gum disease can be reversed. There is a lot of exciting research going on in this key area at the moment.


Research is also focusing on whether there is a genetic susceptibility to periodontal diseases. It appears that this is the case with approximately 10% of the population having an increased risk of having periodontitis of some type.