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Can gum disease be treated?
The good news is that active gum disease usually responds very well to treatment; however, it is important to understand that because gum disease has a genetic component, it cannot be cured but it can be managed. This means that some people will get it and some don’t. As we cannot change your genetics, we can’t cure your risk profile for gum disease.
What is the treatment for gum disease?
At Bite Dental, we are privileged to have a preventive care department in which our hygienist provides the treatment for gum disease management and prevention. Gum disease treatment involves the removal of the bacteria, plaque and hard scale that forms on the surface of your teeth. This is done both above and below the gum margin to make sure that the entire surfaces of your teeth are clean and smooth. We will also spend the time to develop an appropriate home-care regimen that will enable you to keep your gums healthy and ensure the disease has little chance of causing tooth loss.
In most cases, this is enough to halt the attachment loss and manage the problem. However, once you have been diagnosed with gum disease you will always remain at risk as any treatment will not change how your immune system responds to this infection. This means that it is extremely important that if you have had treatment for this problem, you keep to the recommended supportive care schedule. Otherwise, the bacteria that cause gum disease will slowly re-establish themselves and the benefits of treatment will be lost.
Will gum disease treatment hurt?
Whenever a deep cleaning procedure is carried out, we will numb the area with an anaesthetic to ensure minimal discomfort. There are a few scratchy noises but generally, the treatment is fairly comfortable. Following treatment, the teeth may be sensitive to cold drinks or food but this usually passes. You may also notice the gums shrinking and becoming firmer. This is quite normal as they become healthier, less swollen, and return to their proper shape.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease also known as periodontitis is caused by a build-up of bacterial plaque on teeth and along gumline. This plaque is formed when the simple carbohydrates in the foods interact with bacteria in the mouth. The plaque that stays around the gumline cause gums to be red and inflamed resulting in gingivitis. Once the plaque stays on the teeth without being removed regularly, it calcifies and becomes calculus/ tartar. Ongoing gum inflammation and tartar development can result in development of deep pockets between gums. This leads to loss of bone and other supporting tissue around the tooth resulting in gum disease.
How can you treat gum disease?
Gum disease is a silent disease as patients generally don’t feel any pain associated it. It is therefore important to maintain regular dental hygiene appointments so gum disease is picked up at earlier stage and treated accordingly.
The treatment for gum disease at an early stage is to visit your hygienist for deep cleans. Once the tartar and bacteria under the gums are removed, the gums can start to heal up and attach better to the tooth. This may require few dental visits initially and frequent hygiene maintenance visits every 3months afterwards.
If the gum disease has progressed to moderate to severe stage, your dentist may refer you to a gum specialist who can perform deeper cleans, gum grating or other surgeries if required.
Is gum disease treatment expensive?
As with all medical and dental procedures, prevention is less expensive than a cure. It is very hard to give an accurate costing over the phone as the severity of the infection and the techniques involved can vary. The best bet is to make an appointment so that we can take a look and give you a more accurate quote of what fees would be expected to ensure you have a successful outcome if you require gum disease treatment.
Is there a link between gum disease and other illnesses?
Until recently, there was a belief that gum disease was a localised concern that had no bearing on other aspects of our health. But continued research has now revealed to us that, in fact, it has a profound effect on our major systems. Even though the bacteria that causes gum disease occurs in the mouth, it can enter your bloodstream through your gum tissue and circulate throughout the rest of your body.
Regular dental checks with your dentist ensure great oral health. It’s our desire that your treatment at Bite Dental is as gentle and pleasant as possible. If you have any questions about periodontal disease please call the studio on (07) 3221 5399.
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