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Gum Disease Treatment at East Adelaide Dental Studio

Periodontal disease — more commonly known as gum disease — is a predominant cause of adult tooth loss. Fortunately, it can be prevented and treated early enough to preserve your smile’s health.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Periodontitis is an infection of the gums around your teeth. The more aggressive it becomes, the further it spreads into your tissues. Eventually even the bone around your teeth will start to resorb (shrink). The situation is exacerbated by plaque and tartar buildup that isn’t cleaned away routinely with everyday brushing, flossing and regular checkups.

Illustration of the stages of gum diseaseSome of the most predominant symptoms of gum disease to look out for include:

  • Tooth mobility
  • Bad breath
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Receding gumlines
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Heavy tartar buildup

Screening for Gum Disease

To determine if you have periodontal disease and how extensive it is, we’ll measure the gum attachment and bone levels around each of your teeth. Digital X-rays are also used to assess bone anatomy and the presence of tartar buildup. At East Adelaide Dental Studio, we recommend a periodontal screening at least once per year during your checkup.

A Risk to Your Health

Although periodontal disease affects your gums and bone structures in your mouth, the associated bacteria can spread elsewhere in your body. As such, your immune system has to work harder to manage underlying health issues. Some studies show that oral biofilm travel through your cardiovascular system and lodge within blood vessels, your brain or even your heart.

The more severe your gum disease is, the more likely you are to experience problems with:

  • Diabetes
  • Pneumonia
  • Cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke
  • Preeclampsia
  • Infertility
  • …and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease.

Similar research shows that treating gum disease plays a positive role in managing and improving your underlying health factors.

Treating Your Gum Infection

Woman with red hair admiring her smile in dentist's mirrorPeriodontal infections require a series of special cleanings to remove the bacterial deposits under your gums. Because gum pockets can be quite deep, the plaque and tartar must be cleaned away with special instruments. Sometimes local anaesthetic is needed. As such, we’ll usually schedule a deep cleaning for one side of your mouth, followed by the other side a week or two later.

Occasionally, adjunctive services such as antibiotic therapy or locally placed medications are needed. Our goal is to stop the infection to keep bone and gum loss from getting any worse.

After your scaling and root planing, we’ll show you special oral hygiene practices to help prevent disease relapse.

Think You Have Gum Disease?

Gum disease treatment Glenside doesn’t just save your smile, it boosts your immune system and overall health. Contact us today for a periodontal screening.

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

Gum Disease Treatment Glenside, Fullarton, Burnside, Adelaide Surrounds SA | (08) 8379 3529