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Periodontal Treatment

Older woman smilingDo you feel like your smile is getting a bit “long in the tooth”? Are your teeth starting to drift apart or feel a little wobbly? Is there a foul mouth odour that you can’t get rid of?

You could have periodontal disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontitis or gum disease is a condition where the gums and bone around your teeth start to erode, causing teeth to come loose. You may notice symptoms like

  • Halitosis
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum swelling
  • Gum recession
  • Tartar buildup
  • Tooth loss
  • Teeth gaps

The first step in improving your periodontal health is to perform a thorough exam and determine the extent of the infection. Usually, we’ll take an OPG X-ray, which is a full mouth scan that allows us to assess the amount of bone around your teeth. We will also measure several points around each tooth to see where the soft tissues attach. At that point, we can make a decision about which teeth can be saved and if any should be extracted.

Salvageable teeth can be cleaned by root planing to remove the tartar buildup down below your gums. However, badly-diseased teeth may be better off removed and replaced with dental implants or dentures.

In some cases, laser therapy may be recommended. Soft tissue laser treatment targets deep gum pockets to eradicate bacteria, facilitate gum attachment, and reduce the depth of pocketing. As such, we can treat tooth mobility and bad breath at its source, before additional toothaches and abscesses develop.

Gum disease doesn’t go away on its own. Professional soft tissue therapy and gum treatments are the only way to avoid tooth loss. Delaying dental care simply allows the infection to progress into more aggressive stages, where teeth are no longer salvageable.

Since periodontitis is not reversible, it’s best to intercept it early. The bone cannot be regenerated, so once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Fortunately, if you’re already at the point where tooth loss is inevitable, we provide long-lasting implant and overdenture options to help you strengthen your smile and maintain a balanced diet.

After a deep cleaning you may notice that your gums are slightly tender. Take care to floss and brush around each tooth efficiently to avoid new plaque buildup along the gumlines. For the first day or so, rinse with warm salt water or take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to minimise discomfort.

Remember, healthy gums don’t bleed. It can take up to two weeks of daily flossing before you see an improvement in gum inflammation and bleeding as you clean your mouth.

Schedule a periodontal maintenance cleaning every 3-4 months, until symptoms subside. As we monitor your oral health, we will gradually space your cleans out further apart. Ultimately our goal is to help you eliminate the infection and go back to yearly cleans and checkups.

Do Your Gums Bleed?

For periodontal treatment Port Hedland and screenings, contact us today.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Periodontal Treatment Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wedgefield, Pilbara WA | (08) 9173-5838