Periodontal Dentistry

Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by the build-up of dental plaque on the teeth. Bacterial plaque collects on your teeth everyday. If plaque is not removed everyday, inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) will result. Left untreated this can lead to damage to the bone supporting the teeth. Long-term damage to these tissues will result in tooth loss. It is well known that smoking will considerably raise the risk of this damage and tooth loss inevitably follows. Other medical conditions, such as diabetes, will also affect the likelihood of gum disease occurring.

Gum disease tends to progress painlessly so that you do not notice the damage that is occurring. The only sign you notice is bleeding upon brushing. On each and every dental health check your dentist will examine your gums closely, measuring the tightness of the gums around each individual tooth and noting any areas that show signs of bleeding. This careful monitoring of all our patients’ gum health enables us to offer you the appropriate treatment at the right time.

Careful attention to the health of your gums by your dentist and hygienist will in many cases successfully prevent gum disease causing tooth loss. Advances in periodontal therapies now offer those patients with gum problems a realistic chance of slowing down the rate of gum disease. This should allow you to keep most of your teeth for life.

Regular sessions with your hygienist are the mainstay of treatment for periodontal disease. The hygienist will work with you to improve your gum health by scaling your teeth thoroughly. They will also show you how to remove plaque successfully in order for you to keep your gums healthy in between your visits to the practice. The hygienist, as well as your dentist, will monitor your gum health at each visit.

If you have noticed bleeding from your gums when you brush, this may be a sign that you have gum disease. It is always best to see your dentist if you are concerned.