For True Periodontal Health
You know when something isn’t quite right with your teeth or gums. Your body tells you by producing uncomfortable or painful symptoms. Gum disease, or periodontal disease as it is otherwise-known, can have one or several of many potential symptoms that occur in different places around the mouth, and it is important to identify them swiftly, to allow for a better treatment.
Identify the Signs
It is important to recognise the symptoms of gums disease, so that the most appropriate and effective treatment can be administered. If you recognise the following symptoms, or an authorised practitioner identifies them, it could be a sign of having gum disease:
- Receding gums – when gums recede, the root of a tooth becomes exposed, heightening the sensitivity to cold, hot, salty or sweet substances.
- Dry mouth – reduced saliva production that accelerates bacterial growth.
- Bad breath – bad bacteria and bacterial infections can accumulate, often as a result of poor dental hygiene.
- Swollen gums – a common symptom of gingivitis, caused by inflamed gums resulting from a build-up of bacteria and plaque along the gum line.
- Bleeding gums – injury sustained by the presence of plaque along the gum line,
- Loose teeth – hardened plaque, called tartar, can build up due to excess sugar consumption and get in between the tooth and gum, destabilising the tooth. This can lead to tooth loss.
- Toothaches – caused by a cracked tooth or cavity or an exposed root. Bacteria bonding with sugar or food particles can create acidic waste that erodes enamel, leading to infection and nerve damage.
- Deep gum pockets – a place that can trap food particles or bad bacteria, increasing the rate of plaque production which can form hard tartar along the gum line.
Gum Disease Treatment
Finer Smiles Laser Dentistry, led by clinic principle Dr Danny Ivkovic, is fully-equipped to address all forms of gum disease, with cutting-edge pain-reductive technology. The range of treatments include:
- Deep cleaning – involving scaling and root planning
- – Scaling – to scrape tarter off the gum line
- – Root planning – to eradicate bacteria from the tooth root
- Medication – often used in conjunction with deep cleaning to control the build-up of bacteria and reduce the depth of periodontal pockets, and may include –
- – Prescription anti-microbial mouth rinses
- – Antibiotics, in pill or gel form
- Surgery – only required in severe cases. If deep cleaning and medication fail to relieve symptoms, flap surgery removes tartar deposits from inside periodontal pockets by lifting back the gums. The gum tissue is made to fit around the tooth comfortably allowing gums to regenerate and be strong and healthy. Grafting of gum or bone tissue can also be utilised in extreme cases.