As the gum infection progresses, more of the supporting tissues such as the jawbone is destroyed. The most severe form of the diseases includes extensive bone and tissue loss and is unfortunately we cannot grown the bone back up. Teeth often become loose and may drift from their original position.
The good news is the earlier it’s treated the more successful the results. Healthy gums free from infection will bring you benefits everyday:
Be pain free
Chew food more confidently and easily
Help preserve your natural teeth for a lifetime
What is the treatment for periodontitis ?
The first line of defence against periodontal disease is actually prevention. This includes a good oral hygiene routine at home. Brushing at least twice a day and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss helps prevent plaque from accumulating. Depending on the severity of the disease, more in-depth oral hygiene instructions may be recommended.
Depending on how far the diseases have progressed, treatment can vary widely. In the early stages of gum disease, treatment may involve scaling and root planning. This means removing plaque and calculus in the pockets around the tooth and smoothing the root surfaces. Scaling and root planning helps rid the mouth of infection-causing bacteria and irritants beneath the gum line.
More advanced cases may require periodontal surgical treatment. The goals of this treatment are to remove plaque bacteria and calculus from deep pockets around teeth, reduce the pockets, smooth root surfaces and arrange gum tissue into a shape that will be easier to keep clean. By doing this we are able to preserve the remaining jawbone and therefore keep the natural teeth for much longer.
The many benefits of periodontal treatment also include fresh breath, the ability to chew your food more easily, healthy gums that are free from infection and again most importantly, helping you achieve your goal of keeping your natural teeth for a lifetime! Whatever the treatment may entail, our goal is to return you to good oral health and then to help you to maintain it.
We helped this patient manage his periodontits
This young man presented with severe disease. He had very swollen gums with a lot of bleeding. Dental x-rays showed considerably amount of bone loss. He had a course of gum therapy over 3 appointments. His bleeding had completely stopped and swelling had gone down enormously. The pocketing around his teeth also had decreased and his mouth felt much fresher.