Did you know that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults? More than 80% of adults in the UK will experience gum disease (gingivitis) at some point in their lives and of these 10% will be severely affected.
When gingivitis is left unchecked it can develop into periodontitis, a more serious condition that weakens the bones and tissues that support and protect your teeth. The good news is that with regular treatment and expert intervention you can reverse the effects of gingivitis. At Contemporary Dental we have dedicated professionals with a particular interest in gum health who can work with you to restore your gums to a healthy condition.
Causes of periodontal disease
Plaque is one of the most common causes of gum disease. Plaque contains harmful bacteria which, if not removed by a good oral care routine, will irritate the gums and cause them to bleed when
brushing or flossing. Once gum disease has progressed to the periodontitis stage, the gums begin to separate from the teeth and form pockets below the gum line that become infected.
Treating periodontal disease
Once gum disease has progressed to periodontitis we can’t reverse existing damage but there are a range of treatments available that can stabilise the condition. Whether your gum disease stabilises, slows or progresses depends very much on your oral care routine.
We will begin by using a probe to measure any pockets in the gums where bacteria has formed. The first stage of treatment is scaling and root planning can be performed to treat periodontal pockets and target infection. We then use an ultrasonic device to clean the area above and below the gum line, and scale the tooth and root surfaces to make them smooth and disease free.
If an area is proving particularly difficult we can talk to you about advanced hygiene treatments, where we have seen excellent results in a number of patients. These include an antibiotic treatment that is placed directly into the gum, and the revolutionary PGFR Endoret technology which uses platelet rich plasma to repair the tissues.
Maintaining gum health
Once we have helped you to stabilise the condition of your gums, we will arrange a programme of regular hygiene therapy and continuing oral health advice. We normally recommend you visit the hygienist between two and four times a year to keep the bacteria under control and stop gum disease from progressing.