Gums are the foundation of the teeth. Gum disease leads to the destruction of the bone supporting the teeth.
Most people suffer from some form of gum disease with signs not showing until they are in their 30’s or 40’s that results in irreversible damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth; it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.
Advanced gum disease leads to spacing between your teeth and unsightly red bleeding gums.
Usually it is accompanied by bad breath or ‘halitosis’.
Teeth become loose leading to discomfort and a reduction in function.
Any of these symptoms may be a sign of a serious problem – see your dentist for a check-up.
Resolving gum disease improves your oral heath, enhancing your smile and prolonging the life of your teeth.
The first line of defense against gum disease is prevention. This necessitates a good daily oral hygiene routine at home. Brushing at least twice a day and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss helps prevent plaque and bacteria from accumulating.
Its treatment aims to:
• Get rid of the pockets formed around the teeth.
• Prevent complications and damage to the surrounding bone.
However treatment works effectively if it is accompanied with practicing good oral hygiene. Few treatment options are:
• Nonsurgical treatments (minor cases): scaling, root planing, antibiotics.
• Surgical treatments (advanced cases): flap surgery, soft tissue grafts, bone grafting, guided tissue regeneration..
The many benefits of Periodontal treatment include fresh breath, the ability to chew your food more easily, healthy gums that are free from infection and most importantly help you retain your natural teeth.
Whatever the treatment may entail, at LKS Dental Solutions our goal is to return you to good oral health and then help you to maintain it.
Depending on the severity of the disease, more in-depth oral hygiene instructions may be recommended.
WE advises our patients to visit their dentist at least once a year for a check-up and professional cleaning every 6 months.