What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a very common condition where the gums become sore, swollen or infected, most people have gum disease to some degree at some point in their lives. Gum disease has three stages; Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Advanced Periodontitis.
Gum disease can go undetected for years before the symptoms become serious, especially if you have fallen out of the habit of seeing your hygienist and dentist on a regular basis.
What are the signs of Gum Disease?
- Gums that are red, puffy or swollen, or tender
- Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
- Teeth that look longer because your gums have receded
- Gums that have separated, or pulled away, from your teeth, creating a pocket
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Pus coming from between your teeth and gums
- Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
If you have Gum disease, all is not lost. At Treetops Dental Surgery, we have hygienists who work with the early stages and an onsite specialist periodontist who works with the later stages. So, no matter what stage you are at, your treatment will be delivered in the comfort of your own practice surrounded by a familiar, friendly and caring team.
What should I do if I think I have gum disease?
The first thing to do is visit your dentist for a thorough check-up. As part of your check up the dentist will assess your gum condition. They may recommend a hygienist visit or a referral to our in house-specialist periodontist. X-rays may also be recommended to check the supporting bone levels and for decay .
How is gingivitis treated?
Our hygienists will professionally remove the build up of plaque and tartar that are the main cause of gum disease. They will discuss and demonstrate an effective at home program for you so that your mouth, teeth and gums remain healthy.
How is periodontitis treated?
Our periodontist will undertake a detailed assessment and discuss your proposed treatment plan with you. Treatments range from robust hygiene care to remove disease-causing plaque and tartar to deep cleansing which involves cleaning under the gum line. In some cases surgery may be required to lift the gum for cleaning and reshape it for future protection. At times, in the most advanced cases, tooth extraction is the only remaining option and in these cases future options will be discussed.
Make An Appointment
If you are worried you might have gum disease please do not hesitate to call us and we will arrange an appointment to suit your needs.