Periodontal Treatments

Periodontal Treatments

Periodontal disease is a major risk to dental health and to general health. It is caused by bacteria building up, generally because of poor oral hygiene which results in infection and inflammation in the gums. This inflammation will eventually destroy your gums and the other structures surrounding your teeth which include ligaments and bone leading to pain and tooth loss. Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss worldwide.  At Redcliffe Dental, we will work hard to keep your gums in great shape to greatly reduce the risk for onset of the disease.

Detecting the Very Earliest Signs of Periodontal Disease

When you come to see us for a check-up and hygiene appointment, we will carefully assess the condition of your gums, gently checking them for any signs of periodontal disease. We can soon tell if your gums are infected and inflamed and will take appropriate action to help remove the infection.

Treating Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is often treated by deep cleaning your gums with a process called scaling and root planing. This is similar to a normal cleaning but more involved as it involves cleaning areas of the teeth which can be hard to access and periodontal pockets (where the gum has separated from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’ which can only be cleaned by professional care). Removing the bacteria will allow your gums to recover more easily so they fit more snugly around your teeth. Maintaining to a good home care routine in addition to follow up treatment recommended by your Redcliffe Dental professional will prevent future tooth loss and progression of the disease.

In cases of advanced periodontal disease, we may recommend surgical treatment which will remove damaged gum tissue allowing healthy tissues to heal.We can also talk to you about working with a reputable periodontist or gum disease specialist.