Advanced gum treatment
Gum disease can be thought of in two groups.
The first is gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis affects 80 per cent of adults and some 50 per cent of teenagers in the UK. It is a reversible condition and in most cases can be managed by improving your home hygiene regime with help from your dentist and hygienist.
The second is periodontitis, which affects the supporting tissues of the teeth. Periodontitis is a major cause of tooth loss in adults and can get worse without appropriate treatment.
This advanced gum disease affects approximately 10 per cent of the population, so it is relatively common, although its severity varies among individuals. Unfortunately most people do not know they have periodontitis until it has reached an advanced stage and the supporting tissues around the teeth are seriously compromised.
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Advanced cases require expert care and Guildhall Dental’s Dr Bryan Colborn is able to offer procedures that are generally outside the scope and expertise of most dentists and hygienists. He provides this service for our patients in addition to receiving referrals from surrounding practices.
His role is to assess the level of risk and to diagnose and manage cases of periodontitis. Our aim is to improve the health of the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth, stabilise advanced gum disease and prevent tooth loss. Added benefits, apart from a healthier and cleaner mouth, are the prevention of dental decay due to the improved level of oral hygiene, and fresher breath.
What should I do if I think I have gum disease?
If you are worried that you might have gum disease, please don’t wait for it to get worse. Contact Guildhall Dental in Bury St Edmunds today and book an appointment with Dr Bryan Colborn, so we can keep your gums in tiptop shape.
Why is dental hygiene important?
Maintaining your dental wellbeing is vital and your hygiene examination forms an essential part of your healthy living regime. It’s also important to emphasise that hygiene therapy may reduce the risk of developing several serious medical conditions as some research has suggested a link between gum disease and arthritis, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and problems with pregnancy such as premature births and low birth-weight babies.
A staggering 90 per cent of us suffer from gum disease at some point in our lives but with good hygiene care the risks can be easily controlled.
What does treatment involve?
Treatment involves removing plaque and calculus from teeth and smoothing tooth root surfaces. Depending on the extent of the gum disease, surgery may be required to remove calculus from deep inside the periodontal pockets and reduce the size of the pockets.
How can I prevent gum disease in future?
Gum disease is largely preventable with a good daily oral hygiene routine that includes brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, flossing and attending regular dental examinations and hygiene appointments with the great team here.