What is periodontitis?
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 unfortunately we cannot grown the bone back upon most cases. Teeth often become loose and may drift from their original position leading to gaps forming between teeth and in-between teeth also.
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/interproximal brushes 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 disease has 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. The good news is the earlier it’s treated the more successful the results. Healthy gums free from infection will bring you benefits everyday:
- Fresh breath
- Be pain free
- Chew food more confidently and easily
- Help preserve your natural teeth for a lifetime