What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease (“gum disease”) is caused by the bacteria which regularly collect on the teeth and affects the gums, bone and other supporting tissues of the teeth. Around 10% of the population appear to suffer from the more severe forms of the disease, causing loss of supporting structures.
How do I know if I have the disease?
The signs and symptoms of periodontal disease are variable but may include bleeding gums on brushing, bad breath and signs of more advanced disease such as mobility or drifting of the teeth. As the disease is often painless it can often go undetected until it is too late
Regular dental examination by your general dental practitioner (GDP) will ensure that gum disease is identified and treated
What treatment is required for Gum Disease?
Our hygienist and periodontist can provide a range of treatment appropriate for your needs, including a detailed dental hygiene regime.
Why should I see a Hygienist?
Periodontal disease is caused by a build-up of plaque around the gum line, causing inflammation and bleeding in the gums surrounding your teeth. A hygienist is specifically trained to remove this harmful plaque build-up, ensuring a professional clean. If your periodontal disease is in its early stages, it can be reversible with scaling and an efficient oral hygiene regime.
Why should I see a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a specialist dentist working towards the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. A periodontist works in cooperation with your general dentist when the disease has progressed to the point where specialist intervention is required. Treatment may include:
– Deep cleaning of the roots of the teeth
– Minor oral-surgical procedures to access and treat diseased tissues
– Placement of bone substitutes where bone has been lost
– Scheduled appointments with the hygienist to ensure oral health is maintained
We welcome you to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your detailed treatment plans and options to enable your informed decision. We offer free appointments with our treatment co-ordinator.get in touch