Periodontal or gum disease covers a range of oral health conditions which are caused by insufficient oral hygiene or infection. When you visit us at Cane Bay Family Dentistry for dental treatment, Dr. Oliver will be able to detect whether you are at risk from, or are already suffering from a form of gum disease. Periodontal therapy describes the methods used to treat various forms of gum disease.
Types of gum disease include Gingivitis; inflammation of the gums caused by prolonged the presence of plaque and tartar on the teeth; Periodontitis, the result of untreated Gingivitis which causes swelling around the tooth, separation of the tooth from the gums and, eventually, the breakdown of the bones supporting the teeth. If left unchecked, both these conditions can lead to serious oral health problems.
Treating gum disease will largely depend on a number of factors, including your medical history, diet and whether you are a smoker or drinker. Dr. Oliver will carry out a thorough cleaning, with Scaling and Root Planing, in order to control the infection before it can take root and do any significant damage. Medication is another possible treatment; however, in extreme cases, you may require surgery to correct serious infection or damage to teeth, gums or bones.
No matter which treatment method you require, regular checkups and using proper dental methods will help prevent or reduce damage from gum disease. If you suspect that you have gum disease, contact our friendly staff at Cane Bay Family Dentistry, and we will get you booked in for a checkup.
Deep cleaning, as opposed to the cleaning used at your regular checkup, will also remove plaque and tartar from the exposed areas under and around the gum that are caused by Gingivitis or Periodontitis. This is achieved in combination with scaling; the removal of plaque and tartar from the service of the teeth, and, root planing; the smoothing of the tooth surface, including the removal of any infected or damaged portion of the surface of teeth.
If you suspect you may have gum disease, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.