Gum disease treatment at Bonfire Dental can help to maintain and restore your oral health
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, it can spread to affect the bone supporting your teeth. Gum disease has three stages:
Gingivitis: Inflammation of the gums caused by plaque build-up. At this stage, it is reversible because your bone and connective tissue have not yet been affected.
Periodontitis: If gingivitis has progressed to periodontitis then the supporting bones and fibres holding your teeth in place are damaged irreversibly. Pockets in the gums begin to form below the gum line. And once this happens plaque continues to grow below the gum line. At this stage, preventive measures can be taken to halt the damaging effects of these pockets.
Advanced periodontitis: By this stage, the connective tissue and bone holding your teeth are being irreparably destroyed. This can cause tooth loss, as well as affect your bite and how you eat and speak. In some extreme cases, you may need to have your teeth removed and replaced with prosthetics.
Symptoms of gum disease
The biggest problem with gum disease and its detection is that it doesn’t directly cause pain. Your teeth may hurt when chewing and may be more sensitive to extreme temperatures, though these symptoms can be vague. It’s quite hard for patients to know when the problem is gum disease, making visits to the dentist all the more important.
Some symptoms of gum disease include:
- Inflamed gums
- Your gums bleed when you brush and floss
- Teeth feel lose
- Gums start to recede
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Dull or sharp pain when chewing
- Persistent bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
If you experience any of these symptoms, visit the friendly team at Bonfire Dental to discuss the possibility of gum disease. Book a check-up just to be safe!
What is the treatment for gum disease?
There is no effective one-size-fits-all approach to treating gum disease. Different approaches are necessary for different stages of the disease, with some cases being irreversible.
The first and most important step is having a full oral health assessment to determine the stage of the gum disease. This allows your dentist to identify treatable symptoms. Cutting back on sugary snacks and drinks, brushing and flossing, and routine dental cleans can help to maintain good oral hygiene to manage gum disease.
For gingivitis, simple preventive treatments and good at-home oral hygiene routine can be the cure. Once gum disease progresses to periodontitis, the focus is then preventative.
Gingivitis refers to the first stage of gum disease, in which the gums become inflamed as a result of plaque build-up. Gingivitis can be treated as the bone and connective tissue have not yet been affected. It is important to visit your dentist for regular check-ups so that any early signs of gum disease can be addressed.
Periodontal disease can occur when gingivitis has progressed to the point at which the bones and tissue that hold your teeth in place have been damaged. Periodontal disease can result in tooth loss, and can also affect your ability to bite and speak. Depending on the severity of the condition, you may need to have some teeth removed and replaced with implants.
In many cases, gum disease does not cause any pain so it can be difficult to detect. You may feel some sensitivity to extreme temperatures or a dull or sharp pain when chewing. Some other symptoms may include inflamed gums, bleeding gums during brushing and flossing, loose teeth, receding gums, tenderness in the gums, bad breath, and a bad taste in the mouth. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to come in for a check-up.
Gum disease treatment at Bonfire Dental Jindalee
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