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Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease (also called gum disease or periodontitis) is an aggressive dental infection that leads to tooth mobility and loss. It’s also closely linked with your overall health. Studies show that the more severe your periodontal infection, the greater risk of medical conditions such as stroke, heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure and infertility.

Stabilising the health of your gums and oral tissues can help to preserve teeth and boost your overall immune system.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding on brushing
  • Swollen gums
  • Tartar buildup
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gumlines
  • Tooth mobility
  • Spaces between teeth

The Importance of Prevention

The key to managing gum disease is through prevention. By scheduling routine scale and cleans, daily flossing and proper brushing techniques, you can limit the amount of plaque buildup along and below your gums. That way, tissues stay healthy and attached. Otherwise, extensive amounts of plaque and tartar will cause the tissues to become infected and detach from the root surfaces. Over time, deep “pockets” are created due to the corresponding tissue and bone loss.

If it’s been years since your last checkup, there’s a good chance that you have a heavy amount of tartar buildup on your teeth. During your exam, we’ll measure the gum and bone attachment levels around each tooth. A small tool will record the depth of each pocket. Normal pocket depths range from 1-3mm deep. Deeper pockets indicate tissue loss and emerging periodontitis. Depending on the stage of your disease, you may need an isolated or full mouth deep clean.

During your exam, we’ll share a series of photographs so that you can see up-close images of any problem areas. By having a clear view of what’s going on inside of your mouth, you can work alongside our family dentist to create a customised plan to restore your oral health.

A series of scale and cleans (deep cleanings) is typically recommended. During these cleans, we use special tools to safely remove the tartar buildup across the roots of affected teeth. After we’ve created a clean pocket — and you adopt a rigid oral hygiene routine — we’ll place you on a maintenance schedule to help prevent disease relapse.

To ensure your comfort, local anaesthetic or a numbing gel may be used. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation is also available upon request.

Since periodontal infections are caused by bacterial buildup under the gums, it’s important to physically clean those deposits off your teeth. However, there are instances where supportive therapies such as medicated mouthwash or a locally-placed antibiotic capsule may be necessary in addition to a scale and clean. Especially if the infection is severe or there is a greater risk of tooth loss.

It can be tempting to consider dental extractions if you have moderate gum disease. However, removing teeth is typically reserved for instances of severe periodontitis that might not respond to conventional treatments. It’s standard of care to preserve and retain your natural teeth when possible. Unnecessary extractions also lead to additional care needs, such as replacing missing teeth with dentures, partials or dental implants.

Get an Individual Assessment

If you have bleeding or swollen gums, it’s time to schedule a gum disease Gosnells exam. Contact our office today to reserve an evaluation.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Gum Disease Treatment Gosnells WA | (08) 9490-8777