If gingivitis progresses to the more serious periodontitis stage, your jaw bone and the supporting fibres holding your teeth will be permanently damaged. The seal between your teeth and gums is loosened, and ‘periodontal pockets’ form where bacteria thrive, causing further inflammation and damage. As these pockets become larger, your teeth will loosen and begin to shift, eventually falling out altogether.
Symptoms of periodontitis include bleeding, swelling and receding gums, bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, and teeth that are becoming loose. In this case, urgent dental treatment from Painfree Dentistry, together with improved oral hygiene at home, may help prevent further damage.
In our Parramatta dental clinic, our dentist will examine and measure the spaces between your teeth and gums to give us a clear idea of the health of your gums and supporting jaw bone. We will professionally clean your teeth to remove the plaque and calculus (hardened plaque) that is causing the inflammation, paying particular attention to any calculus deposits beneath your gums.
The Painfree Dentistry Parramatta team may also suggest more frequent appointments to monitor the health of your teeth and gums, deep planing and root scaling to thoroughly remove calculus or surgical correction of bone loss in more advanced cases.
Stay Healthy with Preventive Dentistry
The best way to avoid unpleasant dental issues is to take steps to prevent the problem in the first place. Preventive dentistry is caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. There are many ways to look after your teeth, both with your dentist and at home. We want our patients to have the best dental health, so we will help you look after your teeth with regular appointments and lots of dental care information.
Keeping your teeth healthy can help you avoid dental problems, such as gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, enamel wear, bad breath, tooth loss and more. Looking after your teeth will prevent stressful dental procedures and will save you money.
Not only that, but you can stop common conditions in their tracks. If you or your dentist spot any signs of gum disease, preventive measures can be taken to reverse the problem so you can have healthier teeth and gums than ever before.
Oral Exam – An oral exam will allow the dentist to spot any issues or early signs of dental problems. An exam can spot tooth decay and more and will also give you peace of mind that your oral health is at its best.
X-Rays – X rays are another detection tool. This will give the dentist a more in-depth view of your dental health.
Teeth Cleaning – Teeth cleaning can help prevent cavities and gum disease. If you haven’t had a clean for a long time, you may need more than one clean and be referred to a hygienist.
Hygienists – A hygienist takes charge of cleaning your teeth. You may need more than one visit. Getting your teeth cleaned will help solve and prevent gum disease and more.
If you have any concerns about your dental health, feel free to reach out. We can provide preventive information, and you can make a dental appointment to get your teeth checked and treated quickly.
Gingivitis – Early Stages of Gum Disease
Early gum disease, or gingivitis, is the easiest phase to treat. Symptoms include swollen, red or tender gums that bleed when you brush, recurring bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, or gums that are pulling away from your teeth.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums caused when plaque isn’t thoroughly removed by brushing and flossing. This plaque buildup then produces bacteria that inflame your gum tissue, eventually causing pockets to form between your teeth and gums, where more plaque and bacteria will accumulate. In turn, these bacteria will cause the more serious condition of periodontitis if left untreated.
To avoid or treat gingivitis, it’s important that you carefully brush your teeth twice each day with a soft, small-headed toothbrush. Pay special attention to your gum line, where the gum meets the tooth, to ensure the gum tissue and supporting structures remain healthy. Flossing at least once a day between your teeth will also help remove potentially damaging plaque.
And of course, regular professional cleanings with Painfree Dentistry are essential in avoiding gingivitis. It's best to visit your Parramatta dentist at least twice a year so that we can thoroughly remove all built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth and guard against the onset of gingivitis.
Treatments for Gum Disease
Nonsurgical – Dentists may start to treat gum disease with nonsurgical treatment. This is called scaling and root planing. The treatment involves cleaning and scraping the teeth, root surfaces and gums. Then the tooth roots will be smoothed so that bacteria won’t build up again. It can take more than one visit to complete, and you can be put under local anaesthetic. When everything is clean and disinfected, the gums will heal and reattach to the teeth. A follow-up appointment will be made so the dentist can check the progress of the gums.
Pocket Reduction – If after the scaling and root planing, the gum tissue does not return to normal, then a pocket reduction may be the next step. Pockets or gaps in the gums are caused by gum disease. After a clean, they may return to normal or not. If the pockets have not closed and you can’t keep the pocket clean, you may need a pocket reduction.
Gum Graft – Gum disease can eventually lead to gum recession if not treated. If gum recession is left, it can expose the tooth roots, which will lead to tooth sensitivity and decay. Gum recession can be fixed with a gum graft; the gum tissue will be taken from somewhere else and will be used to cover the exposed tooth roots.
Regenerative Treatments – Untreated gum disease can result in bone loss. This can be fixed with a procedure called a bone graft. A bone graft makes the bone grow where it was lost to gum disease. During this procedure, the bacteria will be cleaned, and the bone and tissue will be placed.
Laser Gum Treatment
It is important to have good dental hygiene. This will keep teeth and gums healthy while making you look and feel your best. If you do not brush and floss regularly, issues with your gums and teeth may arise, resulting in gum disease. At Painfree Dentistry, we work hard to ensure our patients avoid problems such as this, but if issues do arise, we have the best dental treatments to help. We are proud to offer laser gum treatment to treat patients with gum disease.
Every patient is different, so the procedures used on the gums can vary. For average laser treatment, the infection and bacteria will be removed. The laser will be used in the deep pockets that are caused by gum disease. The root will then be smoothed to ensure there are no coarse areas as coarseness can cause bacterial and plaque build-up. After the treatment, your gums should heal and reattach to your tooth.
The treatment will not require the use of a scalpel and stitches. As the laser works, it seals any wounds. It is a procedure that is not painful; you can have a virtually painless experience.
Periodontal After-Care Treatment
After the treatment, we will continue to help you with your dental health. We can offer guidance and advice on how to maintain your new healthy teeth and gums. Together, we can keep the bacteria at bay so you can have great dental health for years to come.
There should be very little post-operative pain, and you may even experience no pain. There will be fewer side effects to the more traditional treatments. Just keep up a good oral hygiene routine for the best results.