If gum disease has progressed to periodontitis, you will need a more thorough and deeper clean to maintain the condition. Periodontitis is a life-time condition but periodontal treatment can prevent the condition from worsening and will prevent tooth loss.
Periodontitis can cause gums to separate from the teeth, creating pockets that are susceptible to infection. Over time, these pockets will deepen, the gums will continue to recede, and eventually teeth can become loose and may have to be removed. Despite the destructive nature of this process, there may only be mild symptoms, even at a late stage.
Periodontal treatment involves scaling away tartar and plaque build-up around the tooth roots. As the treatment involves going under the gums, we use local anaesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Removing the bacteria will slow the progression of the disease, but you will need to visit every six months so we can repeat the treatment.
Risk factors for gum disease
There are a number of factors that may increase your likelihood of developing severe gum disease. These include:
- A family history
- Hormonal changes
- Poor oral hygiene
A dentist with experience in periodontics can also carry out surgery such as gum grafting to restore lost gum tissue. We also offer bone grafting if the condition has caused any of your jaw bone to degrade.