Affordable Gum Disease Treatment in Sunbury
If you’re suffering from swollen red gums that bleed when you brush then there’s every chance that you need gum disease treatment. Sunbury dentists here at Lotus Smiles are highly experienced in treating gum disease and can also give you plenty of tips on how to prevent gum disease from recurring.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Gums which bleed when you brush or bite into hard foods
- Loose teeth
- Swollen gums
- Gum recession
- Bad breath
- Sensitive teeth
- Deep gum pockets
- Different spacing between the teeth
What causes gum disease?
Did you know that more teeth are lost through gum disease than through tooth decay? Healthy teeth depend on healthy gums to support them. The most common cause of gum disease is the bacteria contained in plaque – the sticky colourless solution that forms on teeth, roots and gums. If it’s not removed, the plaque hardens and turns into tartar which can’t be removed by brushing alone. The result is gums that become red and swollen.
Before you get full blown gum disease (known as periodontitis) you will experience the early stages of the problem known as gingivitis. The good news is that at this stage it can be cured relatively easy by:
- Improving your daily brushing and flossing routine
- Maintaining regular visits to the hygienist for plaque removal, and
- Scheduling six monthly check-ups with the dentist to monitor your oral health.
Unfortunately if gingivitis isn’t dealt with, it usually develops into periodontitis.
When gum disease enters a chronic stage, inflammation can lead to bone erosion and may cause pockets between the teeth where more bacteria can accumulate. This can have the adverse impact on your general health, especially in people with diabetes and people with low immune system. The only cure for this is professional periodontal disease treatment. Our Sunbury dentists aim to stabilise the condition to prevent further progression and maintain the teeth for as long as possible.
Using special dental tools, our Sunbury dentists remove the build-up of plaque and tartar on the surface of the teeth, and beneath the gumline where the bacteria is lurking on the tooth roots. Known as root scaling and planing, it’s carried out with a local anaesthetic to make it a more comfortable procedure for patients. The gums are then left to heal themselves and tighten round the teeth.
You may also be advised to use a medicated mouthwash on a daily basis to help control plaque levels. In more severe cases, we may have to refer you to a specialist periodontist for surgery.
If you’re concerned about plaque and sore gums, then don’t delay. Early gum disease treatment in Sunbury can soon get your oral health back on track. Call Lotus Smiles today on (03) 8737 9359 to book your consultation.