Gum Disease & Periodontics

An expert in treating the gums, bone, and other tissues that encircle your teeth is a periodontist. Gum disease is the most prevalent periodontal disorder. If left untreated, it may potentially be connected to other health problems like diabetes and heart disease as well as tooth loss and bad breath.


If left untreated, gum disease can lead to periodontitis, which is the deterioration of the bone and gum tissue that support the tooth and causes it to become floppy and loose. Adult tooth loss is frequently caused by tissue loss, which is permanent.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is brought on by bacteria that, typically as a result of plaque, infect the tissues around the tooth. Plaque adheres to your teeth, even at the gum-line-level roots where it forms as tartar (also known as calculus), which can only be removed by a periodontist.

Plaque accumulation and poor oral care are the main causes of gum disease. Gum disease, however, can also be brought on by stress, smoking, diabetes, pregnancy, and some drugs.

Red, swollen, or receding gums, foul breath, bleeding, pus, and loose teeth are all symptoms.

Why getting periodontal therapy is vital.

It is vitally important to get treatment if you have any gum disease symptoms. Gum disease responds favourably to therapy in its early stages. However, if the infection spreads further, it may permanently harm bone and tissue, leading to tooth loss.

A connection between periodontal disease and other health issues like diabetes, heart and lung disease, strokes, and difficulties from pregnancy is also becoming more and more clear. For instance, studies indicate that heart disease is twice as likely to affect those with gum disease.

What is the gum disease treatment?

Deep scraping or prophylaxis are typically effective treatments for the disease when it is in its early stages (gingivitis). In order to avoid recurrence, the dentist will also make suggestions for you to enhance your dental care.

Once the illness has progressed, root planing may be required as a treatment. This procedure, which is done under local anaesthesia, often takes two consultations.

Surgery can be the sole solution in more severe situations. A skilled periodontal surgeon must transplant tissue onto the afflicted area to accomplish this.

We can also fit you with the most recent dental implants if you have previously lost a tooth to gum disease.

Our expert periodontist will provide you advice on the most effective course of treatment during a thorough consultation.


Gingivitis, an inflammation and reddening of the gums that may bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, may be present at first. Plaque builds up beneath your gums, out of reach of brushing, where it hardens into tartar and promotes further accumulation. Your gums will recede more as plaque accumulation increases, exposing more of the typically covered teeth as a result. Your teeth can seem more sensitive to heat and cold. Deep scaling by a dentist or dental hygienist can treat gingivitis and tartar, but it is then important to avoid them with regular oral care.

Specialists in periodontics

Visit our office if you need periodontal treatment and show signs of gum disease. The optimal course of treatment as well as the actions you can take to maintain good dental health will be recommended by our dentists and hygienists. If visiting the dentist makes you nervous, don't worry; we'll always try to make you feel as ease and as comfortable as we can.


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