Gum problems lead to bad mouth odour

Periodontology, or Periodontics (external - login to view), is the branch of dentistry which studies the supporting structures of teeth, known as the periodontium, which includes the gingiva (gums), alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligaments. The word comes from the Greek words peri meaning around and odons meaning tooth. Literally taken, it means study of that which is "around the tooth".

Periodontal diseases take on many different forms, but are usually a result of bacterial infection of the gums. Untreated, it often leads to tooth loss and alveolar bone loss.

This involves cleaning the root surface of the tooth to remove plaque and calculus. This may be above the gum line or in shallow pockets below the gum line. Cleaning calculus is done with sharp instruments called "scalers" or sometimes with an ultrasonic cleaner.

Gingival Surgery
A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth, or moved over from adjacent areas, to provide a stable band of dense gingiva around the tooth. There is also a new skin graft product that eliminates taking gum from the roof of the mouth.

Curettage Surgery
Curettage is the removal of dead inner tissue from a gum pocket. In dentistry there are different types of curettage procedures and these are outlined below.

1. Gingival curettage
2. Periapical curettage
3. Subgingival curettage
4. Surgical curettage
5. Ultrasonic curettage
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