Periodontics

Gum Disease

The simplest form of gum disease (gingivitis) is often a reaction to a build up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a soft sticky substance made up of bacteria which live on the sugars from food and drink. If plaque has been present for some time it hardens and is called tartar or calculus. The earliest sign of disease is bleeding of the gums. They also look red and swollen. Gingivitis can often be cured with good mouth hygiene, brushing of teeth at least twice per day and flossing every day.

Occasionally, even in healthy mouths, gums may become infected or sore and you may notice an unpleasant metallic taste. This is acute gingivitis and urgent treatment should be sought. As the disease progresses the tissues holding teeth in place start to break down and pockets in the gum form around the teeth which allow even more plaque to build up. This stage is called Periodontitis. It is usually painless and can become quite severe if not treated, resulting in teeth becoming loose. 

Symtoms of Gum Disease

Symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Gums that have receeded
  • Persistent bleeding
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or changing position

Am I likely to suffer from gum disease?

Probably. Most people, (90%) suffer from some form of gum disease and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, the disease develops very slowly in most case, if treated early, it can be delayed to allow you to keep your teeth for life.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

The frst sign is blood on the brush or in the rinsing water when you clean your teeth. You gums may bleed when eating, leaving a bad taste in the mouth. Your breath may also be unpleasant.

Exam, Scale and Polish

Periodontics

This is the provision of treatment for gums and periodontal tissue which support the retention of teeth in the jaw.

This normally involves scaling, root-planing and polishing. If the condition of gums is severe and needs extra attention, we have a highly qualified hygienist in the practice to care for the patient.

Exam, Scale and Polish.

Periodontics
This is the provision of treatment for gums and periodontal tissue which support the retention of teeth in the jaw.

This normally involves scaling, root-planing and polishing. If the condition of gums is severe and needs extra attention, we have a highly qualified hygienist in the practice to care for the patient.

Gum Disease Treatments

When is treatment indicated?
We can give your teeth a thorough clean .

The patient will be shown how to remove plaque successfully and taught how to clean all surfaces of teeth thoroughly and effectively. This may take a number of sessions with the dentist or hygienist.

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