If your gums are red, swollen, or even bleeding, don’t be fooled into thinking this is something that affects all gums from time to time. These are the symptoms of gum disease and if you continue to ignore them, you could find that your deteriorating gum health can have a knock-on effect on your general health. Untreated gum disease has been linked to a number of serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes.
Periodontics treatment can relieve the discomfort and inflammation of your gums. It involves deep cleaning the soft tissues in your mouth to resolve the issue. If you’re prone to gum problems, regular visits to your periodontist will prevent gum disease from occurring, and protect your natural teeth for longer. By preventing gum disease and looking after your jawbone through periodontal checkups, you could potentially be adding years to your looks and your life.
Left untreated, gum disease has been associated with heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Don’t delay in getting your gum assessment!
Gum disease is common, and you become more like to suffer from it the older you get. A quarter of people over the age of 40 have experienced it to some degree, with smokers being seven times more susceptible. Periodontists treat problems that occur within the soft tissues, and it’s soft tissue treatment you need once your gum disease has reached an advanced state. It’s also worth bearing in mind that some medical conditions can have a negative effect on the ability of tissues to heal. For instance, diabetics with gum discomfort should seek advice from a periodontist as soon as possible.
Periodontists treat advanced gum disease cases, while a regular visit to your hygienist should prevent you from getting gum disease in the first place.
If you have gum disease in a severe or aggressive form, you’ll need to see a periodontist to resolve the issue. Treatments performed by periodontists include deep pocket cleansing, placing implants, soft tissue procedures, and hard tissue recontouring.
Are your gums visibly redder than usual? Do they bleed when you brush your teeth? Perhaps you’ve even noticed pus, or discharge coming from them? These are all symptoms that require dental attention. Please also get in touch if you’ve noticed your breath is less pleasant, a change in your bite, or that your gums are receding.
Gum disease is resolved by removing bacteria from around the gum. If the gum has suffered extensive damage, or has severely receded, gum grafting may be necessary.
Deep pocket cleaning and root planing procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic to ensure the treatment is painless.
Gum disease is highly preventable. To keep it at bay you simply need to brush and floss twice daily, as well as implement the oral hygiene advice our hygienist will provide during regular checkup appointments.
We’ll be able to assess your gum concerns when you visit us for your initial consultation, as well as advise you on the best course of treatment. Once remedying, or preventative treatment, has been provided, we’ll give you after-care advice as to how to better prevent oral soft tissue problems going forwards.
If you’re in Derby and experiencing gum discomfort, or symptoms of gum disease, please get in touch to find out more about the periodontics treatment we offer. The longer you leave it, the more severely your gums, and consequently your health, could be affected.