Gum Disease Treatment, Melbourne
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a plaque related condition where bacteria invade into pockets under the gums and begin to destroy the bone that is encasing the teeth.
If left untreated, periodontal disease can eventually lead to significant bone destruction and gum recession resulting in tooth loss. When this happens, patients often have to resort to treatments such as dental implants, to restore the overall aesthetics of the mouth and create the impression of natural teeth.
Treatment for gum disease is based on removal of the bacterial deposits (calculus) from the teeth and root surfaces (root planing) and may sometimes require the use of local anaesthetic. This will require follow-up review and further cleaning in a few weeks. When you visit Brunswick East Dental Studio, your dental professional will be able to provide a treatment overview and plan that’s tailored to you.
You can find out more about gum and bone disease, and how they’re treated, by watching the videos below.
Gum and Bone Disease
Treating Gum Disease
Diagnosing Gum Disease
How do we treat gum disease in our Brunswick East clinic?
It’s important to understand the symptoms of gum disease early on. When you know what to look for, we’re able to address the problem before it worsens. Some symptoms to look out for include:
- Red or swollen gums (this is also known as “gingivitis”)
- Pain or tenderness when brushing or flossing your teeth
- Bad breath
- Shrinking or receding gums; the gums can separate from the teeth
- Increased sensitivity, especially when drinking something cold
- Shifting teeth; the bones that hold your teeth in place can be compromised by gum disease
- Heavy tartar build-up
When you visit us for gum disease treatment in Melbourne, we’ll examine your gums and mouth with a probe. This allows us to assess any existing damage and measure the spaces between the teeth and gums, to help us understand how well your tooth structures are holding everything in place.
Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, we may then go onto root planing or deep scaling, which involves cleaning the root surfaces of the teeth and reaching the pockets you can’t get to by brushing alone. If this process doesn’t correct the problem, you may require gum surgery, such as a gum lift to get your gums back to full health.
How you can look after your oral health
When your gums are sore and bleeding, it can be tempting to avoid brushing. In reality, your best course of action is to maintain a high level of oral hygiene each day. Continue brushing twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush, and remember to floss once daily. If your toothbrush it old and worn, it’s time to replace it. Worn bristles don’t clean as effectively around the gum line, which is where bacteria builds up.
Book an appointment at our dental studio in Brunswick East as soon as you notice signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease, and we’ll do everything we can to return your mouth to full health.
Book an appointment today
Brunswick East Dental Studio has been serving clients across Melbourne since the 1920’s, with patients visiting us for dental services from Coburg, Clifton Hill, Carlton North, Fitzroy North, Northcote and other nearby suburbs.
If you’re noticing potential signs of gum disease, or you’d just like a general checkup, call our clinic on (03) 9380 1204 and we can book appointments for both new and existing customers. Our opening hours are between 8am – 6pm Monday to Wednesday, and 8am – 5pm from Thursday to Friday. Saturday and evening appointments are also available on request.
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If you need to book an appointment or make an inquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or through our online contact form.