If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you’re not alone. Many adults in Australia currently have some form of the disease.
Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth.
In the worst cases, teeth are lost and overall health is compromised.
Whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed, or gets worse depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums every day.
A Supa Smile is here to be your partner in fighting this often silent, but very dangerous, disease!
What is Gum Disease?
There are three stages of gum disease:
- Gingivitis – This is the earliest stage of gum disease. It is the inflammation of the gums, caused by dental plaque buildup at the gum line. You may notice some redness or swelling of the gums, or some bleeding during brushing and flossing. At this early stage gum disease can be reversed since the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place are not yet affected.
- Periodontitis – At this stage, the supporting bone and fibers that hold the teeth in place are irreversibly damaged. The gums begin to form a pocket below the gum line, which encourages penetration and growth of plaque below the gum line. Professional periodontal therapy 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, your gums and bones are being destroyed, which can cause your teeth to shift or loosen. This can affect your bite and how you eat and communicate. If aggressive periodontal therapy can’t save them, teeth may need to be removed by a dental specialist. Your dentist will provide restorative options if teeth are removed due to periodontal disease.
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Treating Periodontal Disease — What to Expect
Should you suffer from periodontal disease, here are some of the aspects of treatment you should expect:
Behavior Change: One of the first things A Supa Smile recommends as a part of treatment for periodontal disease is behavior change. Since dental plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease, its removal on a daily basis is essential.
For many patients this involves adopting better oral hygiene, along with cessation of smoking and other lifestyle changes. Consistent behavior change is the most important element in maintaining long term periodontal health. Daily plaque removal is the foundational practice of good gum care!
Calculus (Tartar) Removal: Cleaning however, isn’t all your responsibility — at A Supa Smile we will be certain that your teeth receive a thorough cleaning to remove plaque (calculus or tartar) and other bacterial toxins, which become attached to root surfaces.
This process of mechanical cleaning is scaling and root planning. These treatments may be carried out by a hygienist or dentist, and may require local anesthesia. Scaling usually results in little or no pain, although in rare instances a patient may need mild pain medication for a day or two.
Evaluation: After three or four weeks your dentist will evaluate the response of your gingival tissues to the initial therapy. Your dentist will probably recommend a regular schedule of office checkups and cleanings to maintain this healthy state.
Surgical Therapy: Surgical treatment may be needed in more severe cases of periodontal disease that do not respond adequately to non-surgical therapy.
Periodontal surgical treatment today includes a range of sophisticated plastic surgical procedures. These include techniques to repair and regenerate soft and hard tissues, and replace missing teeth with dental implants.
Most procedures are performed with local anesthesia, and sometimes with the use of intravenous or conscious sedation. The objective of surgery is to eliminate pockets, regenerate attachment between tooth and gums and return the patient to more normal function and aesthetics.
Your Attention Can Make the Difference
If you have periodontal disease you needn’t surrender to it. Your teeth were meant to last a lifetime and with early diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease they will!
While periodontal disease is treatable, care is necessary to ensure it does not return: remove plaque daily by brushing and flossing; seek treatment to quit smoking; and establish a regular schedule of cleanings and checkups at A Supa Smile.
Why Choose A Supa Smile
A Supa Smile is experienced in treating all kinds of dental issues. Our office is located just off of the Maroondah Highway with public transport nearby. For working patients we are open from Mondays to Fridays, morning until six in the evening; and on Saturdays until three in the afternoon.
Emergency dental treatment is also available! Our dental practice in Croydon offers you the level of quality, caring dentistry that we would expect for ourselves.
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