Gum and Periodontal Treatment
Gum and Periodontal Treatment Brisbane, Fortitude Valley
If you want healthy teeth, you need healthy gums. Unfortunately, gum disease is a common condition in Australia affecting 3 in 10 adults. Our dentists here at Precision Dentistry in Brisbane Fortitude Valley are proud to offer patients gum and periodontal treatment, and together, we can help your mouth heal.
What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a term used for gum disease that is indicated by bleeding gums. Early stage periodontitis is called gingivitis, which can become worse if left untreated. The infection begins when dental caries turn to hardened plaque on the teeth, especially below the gumline. Eventually pockets begin to form allowing more food waste and bacteria to collect, which causes the infection to spread.
Daily brushing and flossing are part of good oral hygiene, but sometimes is not enough to ward off the bacteria that can form dental plaque. This sticky film of bacteria can turn into a crusty deposit called calculus that can only be removed by special tools used in professional dental cleanings.
When left untreated, plaque can continue to build and eventually damage teeth enamel as infection spreads through the mouth and gums. Early treatment can often help reverse or limit the infection, allowing your gums and teeth to recover.
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Symptoms of Gum Disease
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Stages of Gum Disease and Periodontitis
This is early stage gum disease and is the result of plaque buildup on the teeth.
You may experience light bleeding while brushing, while the toothbrush may irritate your gums even more.
It is common to have gums that are red or swollen during this stage.
Early Stage Periodontitis
Food, debris and harmful bacteria can collect in gum pockets and around teeth as the infection spreads under the gums and deeper in the gumline.
During this early stage of periodontitis, one may experience pain while eating and brushing, bleeding gums, and bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing.
Moderate Stage Periodontitis
If infection continues to spread without treatment, periodontitis advances to this stage of gum disease that is characterised by receding gums and possible bone deterioration.
Foul breath, pain, and inflamed gums are common at this stage, and teeth may begin to loosen as the infected gums pull away from teeth.
Advanced Stage Periodontitis
This is the later stage of gum disease and a time when teeth are noticeably loose and may even fall out.
Abscesses may begin to form on infected gums and bacteria pockets may increase in size. Gums can further recede, leading to painful teeth, foul breath, bleeding, and tooth loss.
Preventing Gum Disease
You can help prevent gum disease at home with regular, daily oral hygiene practices. Do your best to stick to a wholesome diet, while avoiding sugary treats and refined carbohydrates that can stick to teeth.
Regular dental examinations and professional teeth cleanings also go a long way in promoting excellent oral health as it allows the dentist to find and treat problems early. Regular professional teeth cleanings keep dental plaque in check while the hygienist can also identify problem areas so you can better focus on cleaning them at home.
Our staff at Precision Dental enjoy partnering with our patients to maintain excellent oral health and treat any dental problems early, saving you time and money.
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Gum and Periodontal Treatment at Precision Dentistry Brisbane, Fortitude Valley
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Do You Have Bleeding Gums?
If you have bleeding gums or any other symptoms of gum disease, give us a call today and schedule an appointment so we can begin treatment and get your oral health back on track.
If you don’t have symptoms of gum disease, schedule an appointment for a checkup and teeth cleaning to remove plaque and help your mouth feel fresh and clean.
Disclaimer: The material posted is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Results vary with each patient. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. If you have any specific questions about any dental and/or medical matter, you should consult your dentist, physician or other professional healthcare providers.