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Gum Disease Treatment

Illustration of the stages of gum diseaseYour gums are the foundation of your entire smile. Keeping them as healthy as can be is essential to lifelong tooth retention. But sometimes our gums can become infected, leading to bone deterioration, tooth mobility and eventually our teeth falling out.

To prevent gum disease from destroying your smile’s health, Dr Mark Chung (Dentist) routinely screens for periodontal infections during your routine checkup. In addition to checking your teeth for cavities or infections, your gum exam is an essential part of every six month hygiene visit.

Screening for Gum Disease

In many cases, periodontal disease is painless, with the infection lurking beneath your tissues. To assess the extent of infection, we use a small measuring stick to check the attachment levels of your gums against each tooth. A “pocket” exists when there is a deep area of detached gums and associated bone loss. Any area that’s 3mm or deeper indicates that gum disease is present.

Some of the other things we’ll look for include:

  • Bone loss on your X-rays
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Mobility
  • Changes in your bite alignment
  • Halitosis
  • Heavy tartar and plaque buildup

Treatments for Periodontitis

Since gum disease lurks far below the gums, a series of deep cleanings are essential for combatting the infection. Usually, we spread this therapy across two separate visits and numb the side of your mouth being cleaned. This step keeps you more comfortable and allows us to work as efficiently as possible.

Dr Chung will see you back after treating one side to ensure you’re recovering as we would like. After repeating the same process on the other side of your mouth, we’ll put you on a more frequent recall schedule to minimise the risk of relapse.

Gum disease treatments are only successful when our patients are committed to adapting their normal oral hygiene routine. In most instances, modified and more frequent flossing and brushing are a necessity. During your hygiene instruction, we may also recommend additional aids such as water flossers, mouthwash and interdental brushes.

A Risk to Your Health

Untreated gum disease doesn’t just wreak havoc on your smile; it can be deadly. Aggressive periodontitis is scientifically linked to a higher risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease (including heart attack and stroke) and pneumonia. Other health conditions linked with the oral infection include erectile dysfunction, infertility and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.

By improving the health of your gums, you can reduce the likelihood of oral biofilm spreading into your cardiovascular system. When you treat it and boost your body’s immune response (instead of draining it) you’re more likely to see a better outcome from other medical interventions. But when gum disease is allowed to go untreated, most other systemic health issues won’t respond to medical care as well as they ought to.

Think You Have Gum Disease?

Schedule a checkup and periodontal screening today. Periodontal treatment Artarmon can help you keep your smile healthy for life.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Gum Disease Artarmon, St Leonards, Chatswood NSW | (02) 9419 7484