Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Diagnosis

How to recognize gum disease

Gum disease is diagnosed through a process that measures the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If pockets that are greater than 3 millimetres in depth they are considered hazardous and will generally require treatment.

The early detection and prevention of gum disease is another reason to see your dentist regularly.

Some symptoms of gingivitis or periodontitis that you may experience include:

  •  Swollen, red or puffy gums
  •  Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  •  Bad breath or a sour taste in the mouth
  •  A noticeable elongation of the teeth or recession of the gums

Treatment

How is gum disease treated?

Gum disease is treated by carefully removing the bacteria and substances that form in the pockets around the teeth. The removal of this material occurs on a microscopic level and requires great skill. Our dental team has had advanced training regarding how to effectively remove the offending bacteria.

This process of removing the bacteria often requires several visits to our practice. Once the bacteria have been removed, the pockets must be sterilised and maintained on a regular basis by a certified dental hygienist. Otherwise, the bacteria will return.

Long Term Care

How to care for gum disease

Periodontal Disease damages the support structures around the teeth and often leaves pockets around the necks of teeth. Careful daily hygiene & regular dental visits to clean your pockets are required to keep the bacteria from returning. After the initial dental appointments to remove the bacteria, you will be placed on a regular appointment schedule called “periodontal maintenance” to keep your pockets free of bacteria.

Remember, it is always better to prevent disease than to treat disease. If you feel you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact our team to arrange a consultation.

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