Gum Disease Treatment Brisbane City

Gum disease often develops without any obvious symptoms

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and involves a deep bacterial infection of the gum that dissolves the bone around the teeth. Over time, this erodes the grip or hold the gums have on your teeth and without treatment, the condition can lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis (or infection around the teeth) has also been called pyorrhoea (pronounced pie-re-ah), periodontal disease, or gum disease.

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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.

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.