Gum Disease Treatment
What is periodontal disease?
If left unchecked, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis which is characterized by receding gums, loose teeth and destruction of the surrounding bone below the gum line. Sometimes, you may experience foul smell and taste, as well as pus in your gums.
Our gums attach to the teeth a little below the visible gum line. The area between the gums and teeth, just below the visible gum line is called the sulcus. Gum disease begins when plaque (a thin biofilm formed on the tooth surfaces) and bacteria accumulate in the sulcus of teeth. If proper oral hygiene is not maintained and brushing does not reach the sulcus area, plaque keeps on accumulating and eventually turns into a hard substance called calculus which is very difficult to remove. Calculus contains food debris and bacteria that damage the gums and underlying bone, promoting the progression of the gum infection.
Am I suitable to get Periodontal treatment?
Process of Periodontal treatment?
inhibit the progression of the disease
promote reattachment of the gums to the teeth
reduce pocket depth.
Warning Signs - What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gums bleed on brushing
Swollen, tender or red gums
Loose or moving teeth
Pus in the gums
Pain chewing or biting
How Often Should You Go For A Dental Checkup? Answer : At least every 6 months
If there are any problems that require surgical operations those would be booked as separate appointments and should not count towards one of your regular dental check-ups.
What is the treatment process for gum disease?
If your gum disease has progressed to such a stage that your teeth are moving or your gums have receded to expose your tooth roots, flap surgery can help lift back your gum line. Bone graft periodontal surgery can also help in the creation of new bone under your gums.
The only alternative treatment for a tooth damaged by gum disease is to get it pulled out. No other treatment can help the tooth become healthy again or keep its attachment within the bony socket.
A session of tooth scaling or root planing can be completed within 30 mins. But surgical procedures like bone graft placement and flap surgeries can take anywhere between 2-3 hours.