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Periodontal / Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease Treatment

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease or gum disease, referred to as periodontitis by dentists, is an advanced stage of Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums. Early gingivitis is characterized by gums that bleed on brushing, which progresses to later stages when the gums appear red, swollen, tender on touch, and spontaneously bleed.
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.
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Am I suitable to get Periodontal treatment?

If you are somebody who has bleeding and swollen gums, receding gum line, loose teeth or severe pain on biting, it’s best you get yourself checked out for gum disease. You could be suffering from periodontal disease. You should catch this disease in its early stages, as the infection can do a lot of damage to the teeth and surrounding structures if it is allowed to progress. Your teeth can even fall off on their own.

Process of Periodontal treatment?

The goals of the treatment process are simple:
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?

You should consider getting a dental check-up if you suffer from any of the following:
Gums bleed on brushing
Swollen, tender or red gums
Receded gums
Loose or moving teeth
Foul-smelling breath
Pus in the gums
Pain chewing or biting
Sensitive teeth
These are all problems that if they are not serious already, they can lead to even worse symptoms.

How Often Should You Go For A Dental Checkup? Answer : At least every 6 months

A healthy person who has good oral health and keeps up with proper brushing and flossing technique should only need to visit a dentist every 6 months to a year.
They lower your risk of developing any oral conditions the longer you will be able to wait in between checkups. However, the worse your condition the more frequently you may require regular checkups. Up to as often as once every 3 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?

We will conduct a comprehensive checkup of the status of your gums before we initiate any treatment. We will check for redness, swelling, tenderness and spontaneous bleeding of the gums. We check for any mobility in the teeth, whether there is any gum recession and whether there are any pockets. If pockets are present, we will record their location and depth, which will, later on, be an indicator for the success of the treatment.
Once all the diagnostics are completed, we will start off with a routine tooth cleaning above and below the gum line (supra and subgingival scaling) followed by a followup appointment after 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, a root planing procedure can help remove hard calculus from the roots of your teeth below the gum line.
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.

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.

Tooth extraction
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.

More Questions about periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease or gum disease, referred to as periodontitis by dentists, is an advanced stage of Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums. Early gingivitis is characterized by gums that bleed on brushing, which progresses to later stages when the gums appear red, swollen, tender on touch, and spontaneously bleed.

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.

  • Gums bleed on brushing
  • Swollen, tender or red gums
  • Receded gums
  • Loose or mobile teeth
  • Foul-smelling breath
  • Pus in the gums
  • Pain on chewing or biting
  • Sensitive teeth

The treatment for gum disease depends on the severity and stage of the disease. It can vary from simple tooth cleaning and root planing in the early stages to surgical procedures like flap surgery in the advanced stages.

Yes, if you act early, you can save loose teeth from gum disease.

If you treat gum disease in the early stages (gingivitis), your gums can get back to normal within 2 weeks. However, if you try to treat gum disease in the later stages (periodontitis), it can take several months to reverse the damage.

If you see bleeding on brushing, loose teeth, gums that look swollen or red, or have receded below the normal gum line and started showing the roots of your teeth, then you know you have gum disease.

Periodontal scaling and root planing is necessary for those experiencing gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis)

Scaling and root planing every six months will help you keep good oral hygiene and save your teeth from gum disease.

Although bacteria causing gum disease can be transferred through saliva, as long as you maintain good oral hygiene through brushing and flossing, you won’t get gum disease. So no, gum disease is not contagious.

Sugar-free chewing gum can help stimulate salivary flow in your mouth, which can help in cleansing your teeth and gums of harmful toxins produced by bacteria. This can help in preventing tooth decay, but its role in preventing gum disease is questionable.

Yes, the food you eat has a major impact on your periodontal health. A balanced diet with essential macro-and micronutrients will help keep your gums healthy.

No, just getting a tooth extraction will not cure your periodontal disease. You still have to take care of your remaining teeth with regular tooth cleaning.

Advanced periodontal disease can cause gums to recede below the gum line and also destroy the surrounding bone around a tooth. Periodontal surgery aims to lift the gums back to their original position and fit them snugly around the tooth. It can also help in grafting new bone in an area where the bone was destroyed.

Yes, gum disease can get painful in the advanced stages. We advise you to come and see our specialist as soon as you note any of the symptoms

Yes, with proper treatment and care, your gums can heal and return to their healthy states even after experiencing gum disease.

Gum disease treatment comes with a lot of benefits

  • Regular scaling and tooth cleaning are good for your dental health
  • Protects teeth from becoming loose and falling out
  • Removal of calculus and stains during cleaning improves aesthetics
  • Surgery may help in promoting better attachment of gums to the teeth

 

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How much is a Gum Disease Treatment?

At Susan Crean Denal & Facial Aesthetics we offer a wide selection of dental treatments provided by some of the best dental staff in Tralee, each treatment designed to meet the individual needs of our patients. Working with your dentist to meet your dental health goals, you’ll find that there is always something to smile about. Our prices are competitive and our services top notch. Review our competitive price chart below. Book your appointment online. You can call our Tralee clinic at 0667117577.
You only get one set of teeth, Ensure a healthy mouth with healthy teeth and gums. Routine check-up appointments and professional cleanings with your dentist will help to keep small concerns from escalating into more serious dental problems.

Price List : Hygienist

Scale & Polish (30mins) : €70
Scale & Polish (<16 years) : €50
Root Planing (30mins) : €70 ea
Root Planing (45mins) : €100 ea
Perio Treatment (1hour) : €130

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