Gum disease is caused by plaque building up on and between teeth, irritating the gums and making them swollen.
If this is not treated, it may lead to destruction of the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw. As the disease gets worse the teeth can become loose, and eventually fall out. Gum disease often progresses painlessly, so you do not notice the damage it is doing. Your gums may bleed when you are brushing or eating, and your breath may also become unpleasant.
Prolonged Gum Treatment involves:
- Careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove tartar and plaque deposits from deep periodontal pockets, under local anaesthetic.
- The root surfaces are smoothened to remove bacterial toxins, and irrigated with antimicrobials.
- Dentomycin, an antibiotic gel (which is active against the bacteria causing gum disease), is applied directly into the pockets where bacteria are growing. This treatment reduces the depth of treated pockets, which results in an improvement in gum health.
When you practice consistent dental hygiene at home, such as brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, in partnership with your dentists’ prescribed dental hygiene treatment plan, you can help avoid gum disease and protect your gums from receding.