PERIODONTICS - THE TREATMENT OF GUM DISEASE
Periodontal Disease or ‘Gum’ Disease is a very common condition in which the gums and deeper supporting structures become red and inflamed. This may be caused by a number of different factors including genetics, illness and poor oral hygiene. Left untreated, progression of this disease leads to the loosening and potential loss of the teeth.
How is periodontal disease treated?
The aim of treatment is to halt the progression of the disease and to restore and maintain gum health. The specific treatment depends on the type and stage of the disease and this will vary according to each patients individual needs. Following your initial assessment, we will discuss the treatment options available to you.
In most cases, the first step of any treatment is to remove the plaque and calculus deposits from beneath the gum line and to prevent it from coming back. This is called ‘debridement’, which is done under local anaesthetic and allows the gum tissue to heal and reattach. If the disease has been left untreated for a long time, treatment can be more difficult and take longer.
Maintenance therapy or supportive periodontal therapy is an ongoing program designed to prevent periodontal disease from recurring in patients who have undergone periodontal treatment. This ongoing phase will allow assessment of your health and make sure that infection stays under control.
Successful periodontal treatment requires your full co-operation and commitment to your daily oral hygiene practices as well as attendance at regular follow-up appointments.
Why would I need periodontic treatment?
Periodontic treatment is recommended for patients with more advanced periodontal disease and who may be experiencing some of the following symptoms:
- Red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums
- Deep pockets around the teeth
- Loose or moving teeth
- Tooth sensitivity to heat/cold
- Receding gums around the teeth (teeth look longer)
- Missing teeth
- Bad breath or bad taste
- Spaces between the teeth)
If you require treatment or advice for your gum condition, your dentist will make a referral. You may also contact us directly to arrange a consultation.
BobbyVarghese of Simply Periodontics, a dedicated clinic, is based at the practice
Here at Alpha House Dental Practice we treat patients from all over the country but in particular those residing in Birchington, Margate and Thanet, East Kent.