Gum Disease Treatment
Currently, gum disease is the number 1 cause of tooth loss.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque bacteria that builds up around, on and in between your teeth. If this bacteria is not removed by regular brushing and flossing it can irritate gums, leading to red, swollen and bleeding gums, which are all symptoms of gum disease, known as gingivitis.
If these signs of gum disease are left untreated, small ‘pockets’ may develop between teeth and gums. As these pockets deepen it can eventually lead to periodontitis, which is one of the most serious types of gum disease. Once you reach this stage of gum disease, damage may have occurred, and if left untreated can lead to tooth loss. Bone loss is a sign of periodontitis.
What treatment is available?
We will require a full examination to examine the health of your teeth and gums. We will need to take some x-ray radiographs to check how much bone loss has occurred.
The dentist or hygienist can use dedicated instruments to remove any hardened plaque that forms around your teeth. Some of the hardened plaque lies underneath the gums and cannot be removed simply by brushing. We will also require to monitor how well you’re brushing to ensure that you are removing the plaque bacteria effectively.