Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects millions of Australians. It is a painless infection of the tissues around the teeth and is the leading cause of tooth loss.
Since gum disease can lead to serious complications like bone and tooth loss, it is important to diagnose and treat it early and effectively.
Recent studies also suggest possible relationships between periodontal infection and heart disease, diabetes and increased incidence of pre-term, low-birth weight babies. Recent studies have even suggested a link between periodontal disease and pancreatic and oral cancers.
At Comfort Dental Centre Buderim, we are your partner in avoiding and treating gum disease!
Determining If You Have Gum Disease
To determine whether you have periodontitis and how severe it is, your dentist may:
- Review your medical history to identify any factors that could be contributing to your symptoms.
- Examine your mouth to look for plaque and tartar buildup and check for easy bleeding.
- Measure the pocket depth of the groove between your gums and teeth by placing a dental probe beside your tooth beneath your gumline.
- Take dental X-rays to check for bone loss.
Treatments of Gum Disease
Periodontal treatments depend on the nature of the gum disease and how advanced it has become. If gum disease is caught early, a cleaning may be all you need to protect your gums. In this case, your Comfort Dental Centre Buderim dental team will also give you tips to improve your daily oral hygiene after your cleaning.
Unfortunately, some patients develop more severe periodontal disease and more serious treatment is required. The first treatment is usually a special deep cleaning known as “scaling and root planing.” In scaling and root planing, plaque and tartar are removed down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. The length of treatment depends on how serious the deposits are.
The root surfaces of the teeth are then smoothed to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the teeth.
We may recommend medications to control infection and pain or to assist healing. In some cases, medication is directly placed into the periodontal pocket after scaling and root planing.
An additional dental visit will be scheduled within a few weeks or months after your final scaling and root planting. During this visit, we will assess your gums to determine how they have healed. If the pockets are not improved or supporting bone is lost, more treatment may be needed.
If scaling and root planing do not have enough effect, periodontal surgery may be required. Surgery allows us to remove tartar and plaque from hard-to-reach areas. Then your gums are stitched back into place, very close to the teeth.
If the bone is damaged, surgery may be necessary. Splints, bite guards, or other dental appliances may be used to hold loose teeth in place and to help tissues heal. If too much gum or bone tissue has been lost, a gum or bone graft may be performed.
A membrane layer may be placed to help the gums stay in place while the tooth root reattaches to the supporting ligament. This is called “guided tissue regeneration.”
At the completion of the surgery, we may apply a protective dressing over teeth and gums and recommend or prescribe a special mouth rinse. An antibiotic or pain reliever might also be prescribed.
Post Treatment Care
Once your treatment is completed, we will most likely recommend more frequent checkups and cleanings to keep your gums under control. Regular visits and deep cleanings are key aspects of keeping periodontal disease at bay!
Oral Hygiene at Home
Good oral hygiene at home also is very important to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or from coming back.
- Brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day.
- Floss your teeth (or use another between-the-teeth cleaner) once a day.
- Use mouthwash.
You don’t have to lose teeth to gum disease. Brush, clean between your teeth, eat a healthy diet and visit your Comfort Dental Centre Buderim dentist regularly for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Comfort Dental Centre Buderim Cares
Comfort Dental Centre Buderim provides expert care for healthy, beautiful smiles, including treatments for gum disease. Call our Buderim dental office to schedule an implantation consultation. We serve patients from Buderim and surrounding areas with top-notch dentistry. Our dental practice in Buderim provides the highest quality of dental care, in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, with a commitment to excellent customer service.
We are conveniently located on Wises Road near the Sunshine Motorway with convenient parking and we are open six days a week!