Want to know what’s really going on with your oral health? Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of your gum tissues, which hold your teeth securely in place.
We understand here at the Gentle Dental that some patients may have developed poor oral habits like not flossing or perhaps smoke or eat the wrong foods.
Gum disease is very common and completed reversible. Periodontitis is a severe gum infection.
Gum disease causes the gums to shrink (receding gums). This in turn allows bacteria to attach the bone holding the tooth in place.
Less gum, less bone are the most common problems when wanting to have dental implants. Implants fitted into a mouth that has gum disease could ultimately fall out.
The symptoms of gum disease can contribute to tooth loss and other negative general health consequences.
As implantologists and periodontists, we aim to work quickly to restore your gums back to health and replace any teeth lost to the disease.
Before an implant can be placed and often before any cosmetic dental procedure it is important to have healthy gums.
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Are your gums swollen, sore or infected? If you press with your fingertips do they hurt. Are your gums showing patches of white as opposed to a healthy red?
Think you have gum disease? Get in touch right now.
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There are four different stages of periodontal disease:
Of all the stages, gingivitis will be the easiest to treat as it’s still non-destructive.
This is because in the beginning it only affects the gingival, which is the part of the gums which surround the base of the lower and upper teeth.
Therefore, gingivitis results in the inflammation of the gingival, which causes swollen and sore symptoms.
It also makes the gums prone to bleeding.
During the initial gingivitis stages, gum inflammation often occurs within five days making gum disease fast-acting.
Soon, within just a few weeks, generalised gingivitis becomes more noticeable.
It is during this stage that your gums begin to pull away and recede away from your teeth.
This often causes a lot of worry for patients who are left with tiny pockets, sometimes referred to as black triangles (spaces) that form between the teeth and affected gums.
More harmful bacteria invade these areas, which make them more prone to bleeding.
During the third stage, patients can expect further bleeding and gum recession.
As more and more gum tissue begins to die, teeth lose their essential support and can begin to move.
Sometimes the infection can result in whole-body inflammatory responses. More.
Ultimately, this is the worst of all the gum disease stages. This is because it causes the most destruction to your gums and bones.
The tissues that hold and connect teeth together begin to deteriorate and patients are likely to experience severe pain and bad breath.
It is at this point that you are likely to lose your teeth.
We advise that you do not let your gum disease progress. Otherwise, you will be at high risk of losing your natural teeth. So, if you’ve noticed any swelling, it’s time to visit the dentist. We also advise using special toothpaste and mouthwashes to help stop early gum disease in its tracks.
The main goal of treating periodontitis will be to control the infection.
There are various treatment methods and which will be used will depend on the extent of the problem.
Using periodontic treatments to diffuse the problem, our gum disease treatments are designed to promote the reattachment of healthy gums to teeth, reduce swelling and depth of pockets, which reduces the risk of infection and stops the disease from further progressing.
Any treatment we complete will require further and additional maintenance at home.
Patients may be required to change certain behaviours, like smoking in a way to improve treatment results.
Unfortunately, once the disease progresses and has reached peridontitis level, it will not be able to be cured, just treated. This is because once gums have receded they do not and cannot grow back. See help.
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