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Periodontal Treatment

While you think about problems with your teeth in relationship to going to the dentist, gum problems are one aspect of your oral health, to keep in mind. Periodontal disease is relatively common, especially with the elderly. If ignored it can cause severe problems, including heart conditions, pneumonia, and infection. Because of this, if your dentist diagnoses you with any of the following, you will be advised to follow through with the appropriate periodontal treatment.


Gingivitis


Usually the first sign of unhealthy gums is gingivitis. This is caused by plaque buildup, which produces a toxin that irritates the gums and can cause soreness and swelling. If you have gingivitis, you may not have any symptoms in the early stage, but bleeding gums are often one of the first things that people notice.


Periodontitis


An escalated version of untreated gums, periodontitis happens when the plaque on your teeth hardens into tartar. Tarter can build up on your teeth, which causes the gums to recede and in turn can cause pockets between the teeth and gums. This can be quite painful, especially if infection begins in the pockets. By the time that periodontitis treatment is required, you will usually notice pain, swelling, and that your teeth bleed easily. Sometimes there can be mild bone loss and pus coming from the gums where they are receding from the teeth.


Advanced Periodontitis


When periodontitis escalates and is untreated, the support for the teeth becomes weaker. This is caused by the ligament within the gums being destroyed. Avoiding periodontitis treatment at this point, could lead to tooth loss and advanced infection.


Will I Need to Have a Surgery?

The need for surgery is dictated by how advanced your gum disease has progressed. If you are experiencing advanced periodontitis then surgery may be required to restore your gums and strengthen the bone and tissue that hold your teeth in place. Gum grafting is a common type of surgical procedure in periodontitis treatments. By removing a small piece of tissue from your palate and using it to cover the tooth when gum recession is present, it can help to save your teeth. A widely used non-surgical option is called scaling and root planning, which is basically a very deep cleaning where the dental professional will work to remove build-up and help close any pockets between the teeth and gums. In some cases, the use of antibiotics after a procedure aids in the fight against the disease.


We Love a Healthy Smile.

At Smile Concepts we are dedicated to serving the residents of Sydney and providing care that our patients can trust. Our goal is to build a relationship with our patients, so that they will feel secure knowing that they are in good hands. While conditions like periodontal disease can be very disconcerting, just know that help is simply a phone call away. Don't hold off on periodontal treatment any longer. Reach us on 9267 7777 or request an appointment through our online contact form, to get started on your treatment right away.