A periodontist specialises in treating the gums, bone and other tissue that surrounds your teeth. The most common periodontal condition is gum disease. Left untreated, it can cause tooth loss, bad breath and may even be linked to other health issues like heart disease and diabetes.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by bacteria travelling up from the tooth and infecting the soft tissue at its root. This is usually a result of bad dental hygiene and the build-up of plaque. However, gum disease can also be caused by smoking, stress, diabetes, pregnancy and certain medications.
Symptoms include red, swollen or receding gums, bad breath, bleeding, pus and loose teeth.
Why it’s important to seek treatment
If you develop any of the symptoms of gum disease, it is incredibly important to seek treatment. At its early stages, gum disease responds well to treatment. However, if the infection continues to spread, it can permanently damage tissue and bone, and result in tooth loss.
There is also increasing evidence of a link between periodontal disease and other health conditions such as heart and pulmonary disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications and strokes. For example, research shows that people with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease.
What is the treatment for gum disease?
If the disease is in its early stages (gingivitis), it can usually be treated with deep scaling or prophylaxis. The dentist will also recommend ways for you to improve your dental hygiene to prevent a recurrence.
Once the disease has developed, it may be necessary to undergo a procedure called root plaining. This is a treatment that is carried out under local anaesthetic and usually requires two appointments.
For more advanced cases, surgery may be the only option. This involves a specialised periodontic surgeon grafting tissue onto the affected area.
If you have already lost your tooth to gum disease, we can also fit you with the latest dental implants.
During a thorough consultation, our specialist periodontist will advise on the best treatment plan for you.
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