Periodontal (Gum) Treatments
Our dentists are committed to providing the finest restorative dentistry possible in modern dentistry today. As part of the comprehensive dental care we provide, ensuring patients have healthy gums is an integral part of our care. Healthy gums and bone are necessary for the future of your natural teeth and dentistry.
When periodontal (gum) disease develops, it threatens the very foundation of the smile.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Simply put, gum disease is an infection in the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease typically develops due to neglect, which includes inadequate home care and avoiding professional dental cleans at the surgery.
When we eat, food particles remain on the teeth and feed bacteria that exist naturally in the mouth, creating a white, sticky biofilm called plaque. When plaque is not brushed away with diligent home care, it hardens into tartar, which required professional dental cleanings to remove.
Tartar irritates the gums and houses bacteria that cause pocketing between the teeth and gums. We measure the pockets between teeth and gums during a periodontal evaluation, which is part of every check-up in both of our clinics.
Pocketing creates a harbour for bacteria and when left untreated results in bone loss – and then tooth loss.
The Whole-Body/Periodontal Disease Connection
It seems with each passing year, researchers link periodontal disease, which is an inflammatory condition, to other systemic diseases.
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Certain types of cancer
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Low birthweight babies
Seeking treatment for periodontal disease will not only improve foul breath and oral health, but it may also protect the entire body.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
In the early stages, patients may not realise they have gum disease. The first signs often include bleeding, painful gums, halitosis (bad breath) or red and swollen gums. At this early stage, called gingivitis, we can often reverse gum disease with a series of thorough dental cleanings and improved home care on the part of the patient.
As gum disease progresses into the advanced stages, called periodontitis, pockets develop between teeth and gums, gum recession begins, and patients may notice mobility. A deep dental cleaning, followed by routine maintenance appointments, will keep the infection under control. Diligent home care between appointments is essential.
Once periodontal disease develops, it is more likely to return. A partnership between our dentists, hygienists and patients, along with a customised treatment plan, will help patients regain control of their oral health.
Painful, Bleeding Gums Require Professional Care
We are here to help patients improve their oral health habits and regain their oral health without guilt or judgment. Contact Swansea Family Dental to book an appointment for a periodontal evaluation and look forward to a future with a bright, fresh smile.