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Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal TreatmentPeriodontal disease is the infection and inflammation of the gums, which hold the tooth in place. Periodontal disease is very common, unfortunately though many patients with periodontal disease are unaware of it. Periodontal disease can be completely painless and the only symptom being bleeding when brushing or flossing. The mouth is a gateway to the body; consequently, periodontal disease has been linked to diabetes, heart problems, premature births to name a few. It is very important to not ignore the key sign of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, which is sticky and attaches to the teeth that are made of bacteria. If plaque is left, it can calcify to become calculus. With excellent oral hygiene, plaque can be removed, however calculus removal requires a professional clean. Once the teeth have been cleaned, Dr Antonia and Dr Amjad will show you how to minimise plaque and calculus building up using tooth brushing, floss and interdental cleaning brushes.

The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, which is bleeding and swollen gums. Removing the plaque and calculus, followed by maintaining excellent oral hygiene, can successfully treat gingivitis.

Periodontal disease or periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease. This stage of gum disease generally involves destruction of the gums and bone that support the teeth. As the bone and gums shrink away, the teeth can become mobile or sensitive to cold. This is because the roots of the teeth are now exposed in the mouth and less of the roots are immersed in bone. The tooth roots are not covered with enamel, so are far more sensitive to temperature and also more prone to dental decay.

Bad breath, abscesses, mobility and movement of teeth can be a sign of periodontal disease. To treat periodontal disease a deeper clean may be required for which you may need numbing. For some patients with advanced periodontal disease, specialist referral to a Periodontist may be necessary.

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