Although gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is a common condition, people are often unaware they have it, as they may have few, if any, symptoms. If left untreated, this disease can adversely affect gum tissue and the bone that holds teeth in place. If detected during its early stages, gum disease can be reversed, but if allowed to progress, it can only be managed.
At VS Dental Care Centre, we offer periodontal maintenance treatments for people with gum disease. These treatments involve a deeper clean in and around the gum line, removing plaque and bacteria from the dental roots.
What is gum disease?
The stages of gum disease
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis and this causes gums to become irritated, swollen and to bleed easily. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which can cause gums to separate from the teeth, creating pockets that are susceptible to infection. Over time, these pockets will deepen, the gums will continue to recede, and eventually teeth can become loose and may have to be removed. Despite the destructive nature of this process, there may only be mild symptoms, even at a late stage.
Symptoms of gum disease
- Bleeding after brushing
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together
Risk factors for gum disease
There are a number of factors that may increase your likelihood of developing severe gum disease including:
- Poor oral hygiene
- A family history
- Hormonal changes especially during pregnancy
While periodontitis isn’t curable, it is treatable through regular visits to a dentist who can perform periodontal maintenance. This treatment involves cleaning away pockets of infection under the gum line and scaling away plaque and tartar from the dental roots. We use local anaesthetic to reduce any discomfort.
We arrange a three-monthly review so we can stay on top of the condition and prevent any further damage on your gums and jaw. Through a regular treatment plan, we can protect you from any tooth loss.