At Bright & White Dental in South Woodford, East London, our hygienist will treat gum disease with some revolutionary techniques and patient education is an integral part of our treatment plan so that you, the patient have the knowledge and tools to maintain a healthy smile.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a condition caused by the immune system reacting to the presence of bacteria in plaque deposits on your teeth. Plaque builds up as a result of food debris attracting bacteria. Regular brushing removes most of the plaque that builds up during the day, but some areas are hard to reach, particularly around the gum line and between the teeth. These plaque deposits irritate the gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed.
This stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. The symptoms include swollen and red gums, bleeding gums, sensitivity to temperature and halitosis.
If left untreated, the gums start to recede as the tissue breaks down. This forms pockets between the gum and tooth, creating vulnerable areas for bacteria to enter. This more destructive stage is periodontitis and can be controlled through maintenance. If left to continue, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
Treating Gum Disease With Periodontal Therapy
While periodontitis isn’t reversible, it is treatable. We provide a periodontal treatment plan that focuses on controlling the condition so your oral health stays in good shape. Periodontal maintenance involves a deeper clean than is achieved in a hygiene appointment as it cleans below the gum line.
Removing tartar and plaque from the roots needs local anaesthetic as the roots are very sensitive. The treatment takes away the bacteria, so stops gum disease from breaking down gum and bone tissue.
Other Gum Treatments
In some cases, we may need to replenish lost gum tissue that has become under attack. Gum grafts can restore lost tissue and encourage healing. We can also carry out cosmetic gum surgery to address a gummy smile, elongating the crowns of the teeth.