Gum Disease Treatment

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Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone surrounding and supporting your teeth.
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Gum disease, commonly known as periodontal disease, is a condition that involves either inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) or more serious gum infection (periodontitis).

In more advanced cases, it can cause bone loss and, subsequently, loss of the teeth.

Periodontitis may be associated with heart disease, stroke, systemic infections, and low birth weight in premature babies.

Gum Disease Signs and Symptoms

Although serious gum diseases aren’t extremely common, they can lead to major problems if not treated promptly.

While most of us want to keep our teeth and gums healthy, your gums can be prone to gum diseases if not cared for properly.

Identifying “red flags” that can result in infected gums is an important way to help prevent further gum disease and all its side effects.

Gum disease can be painless. So, it is important to pay attention to any of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums (when brushing or flossing)
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Loosened teeth
  • Changes in the teeth alignment
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures
  • Visible pus around the teeth and gums
  • Sharp or dull pains when chewing
  • Teeth that are overly sensitive to extreme temperatures

Stages of Gum Disease

There are three stages of gum disease:

Gingivitis

This is the earliest stage of gum disease wherein the gums are inflamed, caused by dental plaque build-up at the gum line. Redness or swelling of the gums may be noticed, or some bleeding during brushing and flossing.

At this early stage, gum disease can still be reversed since the bone, and connective tissues that hold the teeth in place are not yet damaged.

Periodontitis

At this stage, the supporting bone and fibres that hold the teeth in place are severely damaged, and this can’t be reversed. The gums begin to form pockets under the gum line, which promotes penetration and growth of plaque below the gum line.

Professional periodontal treatment and improved personal oral hygiene can usually help prevent further damage to the gum tissue and supporting tissue and bone.

Advanced Periodontitis

In this more advanced stage of gum disease, the fibres and bone of your teeth are damaged, which causes your teeth to shift or loosen inside your mouth. This can affect your bite and how you eat and speak.

If aggressive periodontal treatment can’t save them, teeth may need to be removed by your Leederville dentist. Your dentist will discuss restorative options if your teeth are removed due to periodontal disease.

Gum Disease Treatment

Professional cleaning by your Leederville dentist is the only way to remove plaque that has built up and hardened into tartar.

By scheduling regular check-ups — twice a year — early-stage gum disease can be treated before it leads to a much more serious condition.

In the case of more advanced gum disease, scaling and root planing can be performed to treat infected gums and pockets in the gums.

Your Leederville dentist uses an ultrasonic scaling tool to remove plaque, tartar, and food debris above and below the gum line, and scales the tooth and root surfaces to clean and smoothen them.

Laser treatments can also be used in non-healing gum pockets.

If gum pockets are more than 5 millimetres deep, gingival flap surgery may be performed to reduce periodontal pockets, as well as bone grafting to restore lost bone.

How to Prevent Gum Infection

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums and avoiding infection can be easy if you make oral hygiene a priority every day.

By daily brushing and flossing, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing gum disease and infected gums, in addition to tooth decay and other oral health problems.

Start a routine and stick to it, and you will benefit from these healthy habits.

  • Brush twice a day.
  • Floss your teeth or use interdental brush daily.
  • Use an anti-gingivitis mouthwash if appropriate.
  • Visit your Leederville dentist at least twice a year for professional cleaning.

Gum Disease Treatment at Dentists on Vincent

If you experience the symptoms mentioned above and suspect you might have gum disease, please call us and schedule an appointment.

Visit your Leederville dentist today!

Call us on (08) 9242 4400 or request your appointment online.

We are located at 322 Vincent Street in Leederville.

Frequently Asked
Questions

How common is gum disease?
Very. That’s why it is so important to prevent gum disease before it becomes serious.
Can children develop gum disease?
Gum disease is rarely found in children, and not often found in adolescents. However, children should still learn the importance of keeping their teeth and gums healthy to prevent gum disease in the future.
What can I do at home to prevent gum disease?
Take good care of your teeth and gums. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing or use an interdental brush at least once each day, and seeing your dentist for routine check-ups twice a year.
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Contact Info

Dentists on Vincent

Address: 322 Vincent St, Leederville, WA 6007

Phone: (08) 9242 4400

Email: smile@dentistsonvincent.com.au

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PARKING/PUBLIC TRANSPORT

There is ample car parking across the road from the practice

There are cafe's and eateries within walking distance

LOCATION

Dentists on Vincent is located in Leederville, 14 min from Northbridge and only short stroll from Leederville Oval and Water Corporation

Leederville dentist also serving local communities in West Leederville, Northbridge, North Perth, Wembley, Floreat, Mount Hawthorn, Subiaco, Menora, Coolbinia and Jolimont.