Periodontal (Gum) Treatments
At L&R Dental, our dentists and hygienist take a whole-body approach to oral health. Since research links many medical conditions to periodontal disease, looking after your gums is essential not only for your smile but also your overall wellness.
While gum disease is mostly preventable, many medical conditions make it more challenging for gums to stay healthy. Even hormone fluctuations, such as those that occur during pregnancy and menopause, can cause inflammation in the gums that require a bit of extra care to resolve.
We are here to assist patients at every life stage in achieving excellent periodontal health.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the soft tissue and bone that support teeth. In its early stages, called gingivitis, symptoms are often quiet. Bleeding gums or sensitivity might be the only clues that bacteria are damaging your gums.
As gum disease progresses into periodontitis, symptoms become difficult to ignore and may include:
- Chronic bleeding gums
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Gum recession
- Sensitive teeth
- Inflammation of gums
- Mobile teeth
Under the surface, bacteria can reduce bone, causing teeth to become mobile and resulting in pus at the gumline.
Diagnosing Periodontal Disease
We measure the pockets between teeth and gums and look for bleeding points during your periodontal evaluation. Healthy teeth cling to the gums tightly, inhibiting bacteria from reproducing beneath the gumline.
Emma, our hygienist, will use a small measuring device. Numbers like one, two and three are healthy. Anything above a three indicates a pocket. Hygienists are experts in the field of periodontics and will be yur ally in regaining your oral health.
Health Repercussions of Periodontal Disease
Recent research links gum disease to nearly every system in the body, putting not only oral health but also other organs at risk. Researchers have found links between gum disease and serious conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease (chronic bronchitis, COPD)
- Low birth weight and premature birth
- Esophageal and gallbladder cancer
- Erectile dysfunction
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Seeking treatment for gum disease can improve overall health in addition to restoring healthy gum tissue and inhibiting bone loss.
Managing Gum Disease
Gingivitis, or early gum disease, is reversible with the proper care. As periodontitis develops, we cannot cure the condition, but we can manage it effectively with improved home care and dental cleanings designed to remove bacteria.
Because patients who have gum disease are more likely to develop it again in the future, diligence both in the surgery and at home are necessary to contain and prevent re-infection. Our hygienist can guide you through the best practices to avoid future relapses.
Individualised Treatment Planning
Each patient is different, and we will recommend a recall regimen based on your needs. Emma is thorough in her approach to treating gum disease; she is also gentle. Our patients appreciate the personalised care they receive from our whole team.
- Periodontal dental cleanings
- Follow-up visits
- Hygiene instruction
- Brushing and flossing at home
- Medications or products to assist in healing
If surgery becomes necessary, we may refer you to one of our trusted colleagues – a periodontist – who specialises in the treatment of the gums.
Tired of Painful, Bleeding Gums?
Contact our dental clinic, located in Toowoomba, to arrange a periodontal exam. A fresh, clean smile can make a real difference in your health and your life.