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Periodontal Treatment at Melton

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, gum disease affects about 30% of the population. Periodontal treatment is the dental solution used to heal or prevent gum disease but left untreated, gum disease can lead to painful bleeding, spreading infection, and tooth loss. Our skilled dentists at Melton Dental House provide a caring and non-judgmental environment to help patients regain their oral health with state-of-the-art periodontal treatments.

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What is Gum Disease and Periodontitis?

Gum disease is an infection that affects the soft tissue around teeth, while periodontitis is the name for a later stage of gum disease. In the early stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis that can turn into periodontitis, a fairly common but preventable infection. It can be treated and reversed, but if it spreads, it can become a risk factor for lung or heart disease.

What is Gum Disease and Periodontitis?

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Gum disease is an infection that affects the soft tissue around teeth, while periodontitis is the name for a later stage of gum disease. In the early stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis that can turn into periodontitis, a fairly common but preventable infection. It can be treated and reversed, but if it spreads, it can become a risk factor for lung or heart disease.

Symptoms of Periodontitis

 
Periodontitis is a later stage of gum disease that takes hold due to bacteria and decay trapped by dental plaque and calculus. The symptoms of periodontitis may include the following:

Swollen and inflamed gums
Bleeding from the gums
Foul breath
Bad taste in the mouth
Gum and tooth pain while chewing or brushing
Receding gums
Gum abscesses or cysts
Loose teeth
Tooth loss
Patients with periodontitis may experience a few or all of these symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms, it is best to schedule a dental exam right away. Early-stage gum disease may be easily treated to prevent further infection and save your oral health.

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Stages of Gum Disease

 
Gum disease is a progressive infection that is characterised by four stages. The following are more symptoms and signs of gum disease to watch for, and if you experience any of these, an early dental checkup can lead to early intervention for a less invasive and less costly treatment.

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Gingivitis

This is the beginning stage of gum disease caused by a plaque buildup on the teeth. During this stage, gums may become red and swollen and feel irritated while eating or brushing. There may be mild bleeding as a result of brushing.

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Early Stage Periodontitis

This is a later stage of gum disease when the infection goes deeper into the gums. Food, debris, and bacteria begin to collect in pockets as the gums pull away from the teeth. This can result in foul breath and gums that easily bleed. Patients may experience pain in the teeth and gums while eating or brushing.

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Moderate Stage Periodontitis

During this stage, infection and inflammation spreads, causing loose teeth as the supporting bone deteriorates and gums recede even further.

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Advanced Stage Periodontitis

At this stage of gum disease, gums easily bleed, more teeth become loose or may shift out of position, while gums and teeth become more painful. Abscesses may begin to form on the gums near teeth. Pockets of bacteria around the teeth may increase in number and size, and gums may recede, exposing more of your teeth as the infection spreads. In some cases, pus may be noticed as well as a constant bad taste in the mouth with foul breath.

If you are experiencing painful or bleeding gums or loose teeth, it’s not too late. Call us right away and our experienced dentists at Melton Dental House will find the right periodontal treatment for your situation.

Periodontal Treatment at Melton Dental House

 
Our expert dentists will do a full dental examination and determine which stage of gum disease you could be experiencing. We will then go over treatment options with you and discuss a plan to restore your oral health. Note that we have options for patients who are concerned about pain or are fearful of the dentist, including topical anesthetic, local anesthetic if needed, and sleep dentistry for those who require it.

Many times, plaque cannot be removed at home with simple brushing, which is why professional dental cleanings are necessary for good oral health. The first step to preventing gum disease and periodontitis is to have regular professional cleanings to remove the calculus and plaque that can harbour bacteria that leads to gum disease. But if periodontitis does set in, the following treatment steps are how we address this:

Your initial dental exam will help us determine the stage of gum disease
We will do a professional dental cleaning to remove plaque and debris to begin the healing process
If periodontitis is extensive, we may recommend surgery to remove infection and plaque from gum pockets
If needed, you will receive a tissue graft or tissue regeneration to aid in healing
You may be given an antibacterial mouthwash to take home to reduce inflammation and stop the infection

Preventing Periodontitis at Home

 
Once you have been treated for periodontitis or if you want to prevent gum disease, practice the following self-care steps at home.

Replace your toothbrush every three months
Clean your brush in hot water after each use
Floss according to your dentist’s instructions or use an interdental brush to clear debris
After brushing and flossing, use an antibacterial mouthwash
Brush with a soft or medium toothbrush according to your dentist’s recommendations
Store your toothbrush in an upright position, away from other toothbrushes

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Do You Suspect Gum Disease?

 
If you think you have gum disease or want to prevent getting it, call and schedule an examination and dental cleaning today. If you are concerned about sensitivity or pain, talk to us, as we have solutions to help all of our patients including those with fear of the dentist. Our skilled staff will ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible while you are treated in a gentle and caring environment. We look forward to serving you.

Disclaimer: The material posted is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Results vary with each patient. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. If you have any specific questions about any dental and/or medical matter, you should consult your dentist, physician or other professional healthcare providers.

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