Periodontal treatment is a specialised treatment that helps us care for and look after your gums at our Essex dentist, allowing us to save teeth that you would otherwise lose due to gum disease and infection.
Why Would I Need Periodontal Treatment?
Periodontal treatment is used to treat gum disease which is known to be one of the major causes of tooth loss every year. Gum disease innocently starts when plaque builds up around the edges of the gums where they meet your teeth. The large amounts of plaque cause the gum to recede and move away from the teeth leaving pockets down the side of the teeth which destroys the supporting bone. When the bacteria reaches this far it is too far inside your gum for you to clean it and remove the bacteria. That is why you need specialist help to protect your teeth and stop you from losing them.
Who Will Treat Me and Help Me Save My Teeth?
Mitchelle Mbaeri is a GDC Registered Specialist in Periodontics and has undergone advanced training to help save your teeth and control the gum disease in your mouth. It is important that the periodontist treats you in order to help you combat gum disease, as not only does gum disease result in tooth loss but recent scientific evidence points towards a link to other illnesses, which means quick and effective treatment is advised.
The dentist will first remove the plaque that is surrounding your teeth and causing the disease. This usually involves reconditioning and cleaning the infected roots of the teeth that are at risk, in a comfortable way. They will also help you understand your part in your treatment which is to clean and care for your teeth whilst at home and you will be shown special techniques that will help the successful outcome of the treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can gum disease be cured?
Gum disease can present in a number of different ways, and symptoms may be more severe the further down the line the condition is. Ultimately, gum disease can be cured by removing bad bacteria from the teeth and gums, so the earlier you catch it the quicker and easier it will be to treat. However, more serious cases of gum disease can only be treated by a dentist and if left too long gum disease can cause teeth to fall out and may mean that you require dental implants in Essex.
How can you fix gum disease?
There are a few different ways to treat gum disease, from changing certain lifestyle habits to having treatment from the dentist and the exact treatment you have will depend on how severe it is.
Some of the different ways we look to fix gum disease include:
- Discussing a change in lifestyle habits, including stopping smoking, and the best types of toothbrushes and toothpaste to use
- Deep cleaning of the teeth and gums, including beneath the gum line
- Tooth removal
- Gum surgery
We will be able to advise on the most appropriate periodontist treatment for you during your initial consultation, where we will get a clearer image of how severe your gum disease is.
How common is gum disease?
Although it might sound daunting, gum disease is actually pretty common, with most adults presenting with some of the symptoms of the condition at some point in their life. Around 47% of adults aged 30 years or older present with some symptoms of gum disease, with around 70% of adults over 65 suffering from the condition.
Because it’s so common, our dentists see and treat gum disease every day, so if you’re struggling with any of the common symptoms, including bleeding or sore gums, bad breath or loose or wobbly teeth, be sure to get in touch with us straight away.
How long does it take for gum disease to heal?
When it comes to gum disease, the time it takes to heal depends on the severity of the condition. Generally speaking, the sooner you get your gum disease seen to, the quicker it will be to fix and for your mouth to heal. As gum disease doesn’t just get better by itself, it’s important to get the help of a dentist as soon as you notice problems, as this will help to prevent a long and more invasive healing process.
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