Gum disease or periodontitis, can seriously impact your overall health and well-being. It can also involve a significant cost to treat if left too long before action is taken.
The presentation of gum disease varies. Obvious signs of gum disease are:
- Bleeding gums at any time, such as when you’re brushing or flossing
- Gum shrinkage exposing parts of the teeth not usually visible
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Continuing bad breath or an ‘off’ taste in the mouth
- Swollen gums or abscesses on gums or between teeth
The treatment of periodontitis involves a course of:
- Deep cleaning
- 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.