Are your gums bleeding, swollen or red? We provide periodontal treatment to get your gums to optimum health again.
Bleeding gums are often referred to as gingivitis and if not treated promptly it can progress to advanced gum disease, commonly known as periodontitis. For this reason, early detection and treatment of gum disease is very important so that it does not develop into periodontitis.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease attacks the tissue that holds the teeth in place. If gum disease is not treated promptly it can progress to advanced gum disease, commonly known as Periodontitis. Periodontitis is the destructive process that leads to loss of bone holding the teeth in place. Loss of bone around the teeth leads to the teeth becoming loose and eventually lost. It is very important a thorough initial assessment be made and a long-term management plan be made.
How is it managed?
Periodontitis is managed first through a thorough evaluation of remaining bone levels around teeth by clinical assessment and radiographically using x rays. Education on best oral hygiene practice plays a huge role here. A management plan is usually divided into three phases.
- Initial therapy – which may include having the teeth and gums thoroughly cleaned.
- Stabilisation– Once initial therapy is achieved, attention is drawn to problem areas which may need further attention.
- Maintenance– Maintenance is a long term exercise whereby the teeth and gums are cleaned on a 3 monthly basis to keep the disease process from blowing out.
We offer specifically tailored treatment to get rid of the infection and stop damage to the teeth and gums. This should be followed by long-term monitoring and regular care to maintain your oral health.
The goals of gum disease treatment are:
- To prevent gum disease from permanently damaging tissues
- Control infection
- And prevent tooth loss
Did you know gum disease can cause heart disease?
Did you know gum disease worsens diabetes? By controlling your gum disease you can lower your blood sugar levels by as much as 1% of your HBA1C. Uncontrolled gum disease is like having a toilet bowl in the mouth!