Periodontal Treatment
Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal Treatment

at Bacchus Marsh, Melton & Ballan

 
Periodontal treatment may be required for those who have gum disease, and when it is, our team of gentle and caring professionals here at Dental House will help you with the best and most pain-free service available. We strive to make your visit as comfortable while providing a positive dental experience that you deserve.

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a common gum disease that can result in tooth loss, if left untreated. It refers to an inflammation of the gums that can affect the gums, surface of your teeth and the surrounding pockets of the teeth. As it advances, it can lead to more severe problems like tooth loss and create a need for surgery to remove damaged areas of the gumline, if necessary.

The beginning of periodontitis can stem from bacterial plaque, which is a sticky membrane that can harden to form tartar. Tartar, or calculus, is a crusty deposit that can trap even more bacteria, causing damage to the enamel of the tooth. As the infection spreads to the surrounding areas, the gums may become infected, and the disease may spread to other parts of the body including your heart.

What is Periodontitis?

 

Periodontitis is a common gum disease that can result in tooth loss, if left untreated. It refers to an inflammation of the gums that can affect the gums, surface of your teeth and the surrounding pockets of the teeth. As it advances, it can lead to more severe problems like tooth loss and create a need for surgery to remove damaged areas of the gumline, if necessary.

The beginning of periodontitis can stem from bacterial plaque, which is a sticky membrane that can harden to form tartar. Tartar, or calculus, is a crusty deposit that can trap even more bacteria, causing damage to the enamel of the tooth. As the infection spreads to the surrounding areas, the gums may become infected, and the disease may spread to other parts of the body including your heart.

Periodontitis or Gingivitis?

 

Healthy gums are a light pink colour with a healthy look and no pain. But sometimes due to lifestyle factors or genetics, an infection may be contracted. Gingivitis is a milder condition and is characterised by swelling or inflammation of the gums. Your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and may begin to recede. If left untreated, gingivitis can become periodontitis, which is a more severe infection. Periodontitis can spread to the surrounding gums, teeth and even into the bone and travel throughout the body.

Symptoms of Periodontitis

 

When periodontitis takes hold, symptoms will become more severe and may include:

Tooth loss
Bad breath
Receding gums
Bad taste in the mouth
Gums that bleed easily
Plaque buildup on the teeth
Tooth and/or gum pain when chewing
Inflammation or infection throughout your body
Tooth or teeth may become loose and wobbly

Our Happy Patient

Bianca S.

Just had the most thorough teeth clean any dentist has given me. Thank you! The staff are super caring and friendly also. Will recommend to everyone.

Bianca S.

Symptoms of Periodontitis

 

When periodontitis takes hold, symptoms will become more severe and may include:

Tooth loss
Bad breath
Receding gums
Bad taste in the mouth
Gums that bleed easily
Inflammation or infection throughout your body
Tooth and/or gum pain when chewing
Plaque buildup on the teeth
Tooth or teeth may become loose and wobbly

Our Happy Patient

Bianca S.

Just had the most thorough teeth clean any dentist has given me. Thank you! The staff are super caring and friendly also. Will recommend to everyone.

Bianca S.

Stages of Periodontitis

 
Periodontitis doesn’t just happen overnight. It is an infection that slowly progresses to eventually become the disease of periodontitis. There are many reasons why the infection spreads including heredity, poor oral hygiene and fear of the dentist resulting in fewer dental checkups. As the infection spreads, you may experience different symptoms according to which stage of the disease you may be in. The following are the stages of periodontitis:

Gingivitis

is the first, mild infection that results in swollen or bleeding gums, possible receding gums, bad breath or spacing between the teeth.

Early Stage Periodontitis

may set in as inflammation increases and the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, forming “pockets” around the teeth that can trap food and more bacteria.

Moderate Stage Periodontitis

forms as the inflammation spreads and becomes more painful; teeth may loosen as the supporting bone is lost, while the gums recede further.

Advanced Stage Periodontitis

is a very advanced stage and marked by abscesses near the teeth, spreading of the gums from the teeth and possible tooth loss.
We understand that periodontitis can happen to anyone, and our team of professionals is ready to help find you find a solution and stop the pain no matter how long you have had the infection.

Treatment for Periodontitis

 

When you come in for a dental exam, our team of experienced professionals will determine if you have the beginning of an infection, or gum disease. Depending on the extent of the infection, a treatment protocol will be determined and discussed with you. We know that comfort and a positive dental experience are important to our patients, and we strive to make that happen. And just so there are no surprises, here is how treatment for periodontitis works:

After your evaluation, we will determine the stage of periodontitis

Your teeth will be cleaned to remove hardened plaque so that your gums can begin healing; this may take one or two visits, depending on the extent of buildup

If the periodontitis is advanced, we may recommend surgery to help remove plaque and infection from gum pockets that may have formed

In severe cases, we may need to perform a tissue graft or tissue regeneration to aid in the growth of new gum tissue and bone

You may be prescribed a medicated mouthwash or medication to reduce internal inflammation or kill the infection

Your dental specialist will discuss home treatment to follow up and make sure you heal quickly and comfortably

Preventative Treatment

 

Of course, preventative treatment is always best, and when in the early stages, periodontitis and gingivitis may be reversed without any major dental issues. Often, the dental cleaning and proper home health care can help clear the infection. But this is largely dependent on the patient keeping up their oral hygiene. Here are some preventative tips to avoid this disease or promote healing and maintenance after your dental visit:

Replace your toothbrush every three months
Clean your brush after each use and store in an upright position
Brush with a soft or medium toothbrush, depending on what your dentist recommends for at least two minutes each time
After brushing and flossing, use an antibacterial mouthwash to help reduce inflammation and prevent further bacterial buildup
Floss or use an interdental brush to clear food deposits between teeth that can lead to excess bacteria and infection
Take extra care of uneven surfaces and spaces between teeth and especially under or around dental crowns, bridges, fillings or dentures

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Debra N.

I was a nervous patient, but Sonya made me very comfortable. And, reassuring, best dentist I have been to. Rebbeca is very welcoming and helpful too. THANK YOU!

Debra N.

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We know that periodontitis can be painful, making a visit to the dentist more stressful than normal. But be assured that our dental and caring team of professionals here at Dental House is ready to provide you with the most positive dental experience possible. We are committed to working with a gentle touch, patience and will help manage any pain so you can relax knowing you are in good hands.

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