Gum Disease Treatment
Did you know that gum disease, is one of the most common and most preventable diseases?
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and affects supporting tissues surrounding the tooth, root surfaces, tissue of the bone, and ligaments to the bone in the jaw.
Some people, especially adults and seniors, are more prone to developing gum disease than others.
Stages of Gum Disease
There are two stages of gum disease – gingivitis and periodontitis:
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and causes a mild inflammation of the gums – it occurs when plaque is not removed, causing it to build up around the gum line of teeth. The gums become inflamed, red and tender, and bleed easily when brushed or flossed. The tartar build-up must be removed by a dentist. Oral hygiene at home needs to be kept at a high standard and the gums will heal within a week or so.
If the gingivitis is left undiagnosed and untreated, the inflammation will spread further into the gums, causing teeth to separate from the bone and may progress to a more serious issue, periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gingivitis. During this stage, the inflammation has now progressed to the bone of the tooth, resulting in loss of bone, connective tissue, and support for the tooth. Left untreated this can then lead to pain, wobbly teeth, infection, and loss of teeth.
Some other contributing factors for gum disease are:
- Some medications
Common Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Bleeding gums when brushing your teeth
- Receding gums
- Sensitive gums
- Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Tooth movement (lose teeth or teeth that have moved)
Gum Disease Treatment at West Ryde Dental Clinic
Treating gingivitis before it can lead to periodontitis is possible with proper care to save your teeth and improve your overall wellbeing. To treat and prevent gum disease it is important to have a scale and clean completed every 6 months, as well as good at home dental hygiene. Give us a call and ask us how to best manage and treat gum disease.
Schedule Your Periodontal Treatment today!
Healthy gums are essential for sound mind and body. Your teeth can grow strong and healthy if your gums are in the pink! If you suspect you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned above, visit your trusted dentist at West Ryde Dental Clinic today for a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of gum disease.
Special Offer for New Patients
- General Check-up
- Scale and Clean
- Fluoride treatment