Gum Disease Treatment
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque and calculus irritating the gums and bone around the teeth. If someone has gum disease, the gums and bone will shrink away from the teeth.
With less gum and bone supporting the teeth, the teeth can eventually become loose and may be lost. It is a very common cause of loss of teeth.
Signs of gum disease include:
- Bad breath
- Gum swelling
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
Who can get gum disease?
Patients who smoke or have diabetes are at high risk. However, it can also run in the family. If you are aware that a family member has had gum disease, it is vital to be proactive and have your gums checked. In many cases you may not have any of the signs mentioned above, and yet still have gum disease.
How is it treated?
We treat gum disease by removing the main irritating cause which is plaque and calculus.
A customised home care regime will be set up so that we can work as a team to ensure we treat your gum disease effectively. It is essential we work together to improve your gum health.
Why is it important to treat?
It is important to treat in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy, to prevent pain or discomfort, and prevent tooth loss.There are also proven links between gum disease and the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- Higher risk of cancer
- Higher risk of Alzheimer’s
I have never been told I had gum disease. Could I still have gum disease??
In the past, gum disease was not a focus and not regularly monitored. We now know how important it is to diagnose and treat gum disease in order to prevent loss of teeth and due to its links with major health problems. At the Dental Sanctuary, we screen every patient for gum disease when you attend for a check-up.
How often do I need treatment?
It is important to be proactive and get gum disease under control. Initially, it may take a few appointments depending on how severe it is. Once under control, we set up a personalised plan for regular reviews to make sure we keep gum disease under control.