Periodontal (gum disease) Assessment and Treatment
AMK Dental Clinic
Gum Disease, Gingivitis, Gum Surgery
How do you recognise gum disease?
Our teeth are held in place by the boney sockets of our jaws, in addition to ligaments and fibrous connective tissue. The gums represent the mucosal lining which covers the anchoring structures that keep our teeth in place. They create a seal around our teeth that prevent bacteria from infiltrating into the bone.
Gum disease can lead to further problems with your teeth. The early detection and prevention of gum disease is an important reason to see your dentist regularly.
Gum disease is diagnosed through a process that measures the depths of the pockets which surround each tooth. If these pockets are greater than 3 millimetres in depth, they are considered hazardous and will generally require treatment.
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
How is gum disease treated?
Gum disease results from the accumulation of oral bacteria and other substances in the pockets which surround the teeth. Instead of acting as a seal against bacteria, the gums recede and allow bacteria to infiltrate and infect the tissues. Treatment involves carefully removing these bacteria and substances. Removing this material often requires microscopic visualisation, additional training in specialist dental technique, and requires great skill. At AMK Dental Clinic, our dental team has had advanced training on how to effectively remove the offending bacteria.
This process of removing the bacteria that cause gum disease 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 dentist or dental hygienist. Otherwise, the bacteria will return and the disease will recur.
What does long term care of gum disease involve?
Periodontal disease damages the support structures around the teeth and often leaves pockets around the necks of teeth which lead to further dental problems. Careful daily dental hygiene and regular dental visits to clean these pockets around your teeth are important in preventing 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 gum pockets free of bacteria and debris.
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 at AMK Dental Clinic to arrange a consultation.
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