Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, affecting the tissues supporting the teeth. As the condition gets worse, the bone anchoring the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.
Most people suffer from some form of gum disease, and it is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. However, the disease develops very slowly in most people, and it can be slowed down to a rate that should allow you to keep most of your teeth for life.
What Treatments are Needed?
Our oral hygienist gives your teeth a thorough clean. They will also show you how to remove plaque successfully yourself, cleaning all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly and effectively. This may take several sessions.
Once your teeth are clean, your dentist may carry out further cleaning of the roots of the teeth to make sure that the last pockets of bacteria are removed. They may refer you to a periodontist, who specialises in gum problems.
You’ll probably need the treatment areas to be numbered before anything is done. Afterwards, you may feel some discomfort for up to 48 hours. Periodontal disease is never cured, but as long as you keep up the home care you have been taught, any further loss of bone will be prolonged, and it may stop altogether.
You must make sure you remove plaque every day and go for regular check-ups with the dentist and hygienist.
With the oral hygiene at home, your teeth never feel quite as “polished” even with the electric toothbrush and dental brushes and a regular twice-daily routine. Thank you, Charlotte, for saving my teeth. My mother had lost all her teeth at my age now! – Caroline
Gum Disease Treatment FAQ’s
What are the main causes of gum disease?
There are a number of reasons for why you may find yourself struggling with gum disease, and in some cases it can be unavoidable.
More often than not, gum disease occurs where there has been poor oral hygiene habits, such as regularly missing brushing or flossing. This causes a film of sticky plaque to build on the surface of the tooth, which can eventually cause the bacteria to build up and harden.
In some other cases, underlying health conditions or specific medications can increase your chances of gum disease.
Can gum disease be cured?
Yes. Of course, it is always easier to tackle the issue sooner rather than later, before the condition has had chance to get worse. However there are options available to remove the bacteria and restore your mouth to a healthy start.
In the most severe cases of gum disease, where one or more teeth have been lost, it can mean restorative cosmetic procedures such as dental implants are necessary.
What is the best treatment for gum infection?
There are a number of treatment options available to those suffering from gum disease. In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed, and the teeth thoroughly cleaned to remove any build-up of plaque. You may be advised that further treatments are needed (depending on how severe the gum disease is), but your specialist will be able to discuss the options at length during your appointment.
Can gum disease heal on its own?
No. Gum disease is likely to only get worse as time goes on, especially if you have already bypassed the earliest and most treatable stages.
If you believe you’re showing signs of gum disease, including:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Wobbly teeth
- Receding gums
Then it is advised that you get in touch with your dentist who can help to treat the issue quickly.