Take good care of your gums – your teeth will thank you later

Periodontal disease, commonly known as ‘gum disease’ can be a nasty enemy of your teeth. Knowing how to avoid accumulated bacteria will help you stay whole-mouth-healthy.

Lovely pink healthy gums are a sure sign of someone that is whole-mouth healthy. If you begin to experience sore gums, inflammation, redness or bleeding gums, it’s time to get a check up and make sure you have not developed gum disease.

Gingivitis is a common form of gum disease that if left untreated can progress to become more serious.

In most cases gum disease treatment is relatively simple with periodontal treatment from your dental practitioner. Early intervention aims to isolate the bacteria but good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist can prevent it quick an easy.

In more severe cases where gum disease has progressed, you may need to see a specialist in periodontal care, a Periodontist. They are experts in both non-surgical and surgical treatments for diseases affecting the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth.

If you have periodontal problems, contact one of our Periodontists for an appointment or learn more about periodontal disease and its treatments by reading more below.

Learn more about Periodontics

On this page

An in-depth look at Periodontics

Periodontics is a specialised field of dentistry that addresses the occurrence and treatment of disease in and around the dental structures, including the gums, teeth and bones. The field takes its meaning from the Greek perio (around) and dontos (teeth) as well as the suffix itis (inflammation) i.e., around the teeth is inflamed.

What is a Periodontist?

A Periodontist is a specialised practitioner of dental science that has typically spent an additional three to four years studying the biology of oral disease and how to prevent it.

Some periodontists will remain in the scientific field and continue to research, developing new protocols and treatments for oral disease whilst others will practice.

A practicing periodontist will typically have studied and trained for an additional 5-7 years over and above their general dental qualifications. They are experts in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating gum disease. In addition they can perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to help patients with the aesthetics of their teeth.

Periodontics Explained

Periodontics is the science of identifying and treating oral disease. Disease within the oral structures is easily overlooked but even the most benign of bacteria can create very nasty issues if left without treatment.

The invasion of bacteria below the gum into the special bone structure of the jaw can be quite insidious and the resultant periodontal disease will eat away at those critical structures and this can result in the need for serious surgery.

Although the treatment of bacterial disease is the primary focus of periodontics, this specialised field also addresses issues arising from congential disease.

Increasingly periodontics is helping to explore the relationship between chronic oral disease and poor health in the rest of the human body.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Scaling and root-planing treatment is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove bacterial toxins, plaque and tartar (calculus). Periodic ongoing maintenance therapy (often carried out by a dental hygienist) is necessary to maintain periodontal health.

Surgical Treatments

Sometimes surgical therapy is necessary to achieve gum heath over and above non-surgical scaling and root-planing treatments.

These include:

  • Surgical access to the root surfaces to improve access for scaling and root-planing
  • Regenerative procedures to replace gum and supporting bone lost due to gum disease
  • Crown Lengthening to improve restorative procedures such as crowns and bridges and treat “gummy smiles”
  • Gum grafts to replace missing gum due to periodontal disease or over vigorous brushing
  • Ridge Augmentation to replace missing bone to allow the placement of dental implants

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Visit one of our experienced periodontists today for healthy gums.

Take the first step towards a new smile and book your appointment today.

A DCN dentist will be able to advise you on the best dental solution for your situation

Find a dentist near you