Management of Gum Disease

perio-bayside-img-1 Gum disease (Periodontitis and Gingivitis) are conditions where the foundations of teeth (the supporting jaw bone and adjacent gum tissue) are inflamed, eroded/lost, which can lead to tooth mobility and eventual tooth lost. The erosion of the supporting bone is caused by specific oral bacteria, and the progression of the disease is modified by a number of risk factors among such as smoking and diabetes.

The presentation of gum disease varies. It is often accompanied by bleeding gums, a bad taste or smell from oral cavity, dull aches and tooth mobility.

perio-bayside-img-2 The presentation of gum disease varies. It is often accompanied by bleeding gums, a bad taste/smell from the oral cavity, dull aches and tooth mobility.

The treatment of periodontitis involves a course of deep cleaning and root planing of the tooth roots usually performed under local anaesthetic. Multiple visits are usually required to complete the initial course of treatment, as different segments of the mouth are root planned at each visit. The deep root planing aims to remove all bacterial and hard deposits (which harbours bacteria), as these are the primary cause of the problem. Healing and resolution often takes place, resulting in a sharp reduction of gum inflammation and the prevention of further progression. Bad breath and bleeding gums are no longer a problem.