Like tooth decay, the cause of periodontal (gum) disease is plaque. Plaque comprises bacteria, saliva, and food debris and is a sticky film that coats your teeth and gums. If it’s not adequately cleaned regularly, it releases acid and calcifies to become tartar.
Plaque and tartar cause irritation to the gums, and the body’s natural response to this is inflammation and redness. Without intervention, these symptoms multiply.
Genetics, smoking, certain medications, and other health problems could increase the risk of gum disease.
Periodontal disease has two stages. Gingivitis is the milder form of gum disease; however, this can develop into more severe periodontitis.
Gingivitis is mild and reversible. If you have gingivitis, you may notice sore, red gums and bad breath. You may also see small blood spots when brushing your teeth.
You can manage these symptoms through improved oral health.
Left untreated, gingivitis will become periodontitis. You may experience receding gums, pus, loose teeth, and persistent bad breath at this stage. You may also notice a difference in the alignment of your bite. If caught early, we can treat periodontitis.
Treating Periodontal Disease
The method we use for treating periodontitis will vary depending on how far the disease has progressed.
Tartar forms in pockets below the gum line. The first option is to clean these pockets intensively. This treatment is more thorough than a scale and polish and is performed under an anaesthetic.
Periodontal Surgery – What to Expect
If the pockets of tartar are embedded too deep, we may need to perform a surgical procedure to get better access to the bacteria. Under anaesthetic, we’ll gently fold back your gum to remove the tartar pockets.
In some cases, we may need to smooth rougher areas of the underlying bone as bacteria can cling to this. Doing this improves the gum’s ability to reattach to the bone. Once completed, we’ll restore your gum to its original position.
Regenerative Gum Treatments
Regenerative gum treatment can promote regrowth if periodontitis has damaged tissue and bone. We’ll use bone grafts and tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage natural regeneration.
If you have a gummy smile, we can perform a crown lengthening procedure to remove and reshape excess gum tissue. By changing your gum line, we can help expose your teeth, improving the balance of your smile.
We may also recommend this procedure if a tooth has decayed below your gum line.
Soft Tissue Grafts
Gum regression or shrinking can occur due to periodontal disease or aggressive brushing. Shrunken gums can leave your tooth roots exposed, putting them at risk.
After tackling the cause of the regression, we can perform a soft tissue graft to rebuild your gum. We’ll take healthy tissue from another part of your mouth to cover the exposed root.
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