Gum Disease and Infection Treatment – Dental Excellence
What are the stages of gum disease? How is gum disease treated?Gum disease has several stages. The initial stage is called gingivitis and is an infection of the gingival (gum tissue). In this stage, gums become red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. The underlying bone is unaffected. In later stages, however, gum disease can lead to bone loss and the loosening or even loss of teeth.Gum disease treatment varies according to the stage of the disease. At its mildest stages, gingivitis can be treated by clearing plaque and tartar deposits from the gum pockets. Severe gum disease, on the other hand, might require treatment that includes bone and gum grafts.
Occasionally bacteria can colonize the space under the gums and the root surfaces. These bacteria can then release their toxins and cause the supporting tooth structures to get damaged (periodontitis).
In such cases we show you specialsed ways of home cleaning prior to undertaking any active treatment.
Once satisfied that your home cleaning is optimal we then proceed to clean the gums in the surgery under plenty of local anaesthetic.
This procedure may need repeating from time to time in some more susceptible individuals.