A periodontist specialises in gum health. They have advanced training in the treatment of gum disease and periodontal disease. They are also well- versed in surgical procedures such as gum contouring and grafting. Banning Dental Practice has specialists in this field ready to tackle any gum problems, big or small.
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions and a leading cause of tooth loss and also associated with several other systemic diseases as well: Cardiovascular (Heart disease), Diabetes and others. A dentist can spot the early signs of gum disease and administer treatment. However, in its later stages, the infection can be much harder to treat.
If you are suffering from advanced gum disease, a periodontist can administer specialist treatments and procedures to alleviate your symptoms and help prevent long-lasting damage to your gums and jaw.
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque and bacteria underneath the gums. Plaque around and beneath the gum line can be difficult or even impossible to remove with brushing. Genetic background is also well-known to be associated with the disease. Updated oral hygiene routine and regular maintenance at the dentist can help to stabilise the gum disease.
That is why it is important to attend regular dental check-ups. A dentist can spot the early symptoms of gum disease and refer you to a hygienist for prompt treatment. A hygienist uses special tools to remove plaque bacteria from hard-to-reach areas.
Brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and use an antibacterial mouthwash together with regular hygienist visits.
Smoking also negatively impacts gum health. If you are a smoker and experiencing symptoms of gum disease, stopping smoking can significantly improve your chances of successful treatment.
Patients with gum disease may experience persistent bad breath and bleeding when they brush or floss. Their gums may become red and swollen. Gum disease can also cause the gums to recede, exposing the roots of the teeth.
However, in some cases, gum disease can present with no symptoms, so regular dental check-ups are vital.
Without prompt treatment, gum disease will only get worse, becoming a more severe form known as periodontal disease or periodontitis.
In this case, the gum tissue will likely begin to pull away from the teeth, creating enlarged gum pockets where bacteria can accumulate.
Periodontal disease eventually leads to tissue loss in the gums and jaw — the structures that support the teeth — causing the teeth to become loose or even fall out.
Patients with periodontal disease may need to wear a splint to protect and secure their teeth while they undergo treatment for the infection. If they have lost a significant amount of tissue, they may also require graft surgery.
It is vital that gum disease is treated as a matter of urgency to avoid other far-reaching health problems. The bacteria found in infected gums have links to other general health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and complications during pregnancy.
If you would like to know more about gum disease or you are experiencing symptoms, contact the Banning Dental Practice to book a consultation with a specialist.Back to Treatment