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Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal Treatment Hawthorn Melbourne

If you have painful, sensitive, or bleeding gums, you may have gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Periodontal treatment can help remove the pain and infection before it causes tooth loss or health issues.

Our philosophy at Elevate Dental Hawthorn Melbourne is to save your teeth and prevent future dental issues. When you come to see us, we can treat your gum disease and stop it before it gets worse. And if you are worried that your periodontitis has gone too far, our skilled team will work with you to intervene and get you on a path to healing.

Periodontal Treatment Hawthorn Melbourne

If you have painful, sensitive, or bleeding gums, you may have gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Periodontal treatment can help remove the pain and infection before it causes tooth loss or health issues.

Our philosophy at Elevate Dental Hawthorn Melbourne is to save your teeth and prevent future dental issues. When you come to see us, we can treat your gum disease and stop it before it gets worse. And if you are worried that your periodontitis has gone too far, our skilled team will work with you to intervene and get you on a path to healing.

Periodontitis or Gum Disease

Oral health is an important part of your overall health. Gum disease is a preventable problem that can also be treated, even in the later stages. When left untreated, it can lead to pain, spreading infection, and tooth loss. If the problem continues, you may lose all your teeth.

Gum disease is characterised by bleeding gums, gum inflammation, shrinkage of the gums, and loosening of the teeth. Harmful bacterial organisms that accumulate on teeth trigger the disease, which results in chronic inflammation. It can lead to serious infections that allow pockets of even more bacteria to form, and can spread to other areas of your body.

What Does it Look Like?

When your teeth and gums are healthy, teeth should be solid in place with pale pink gums that hug the teeth snugly. When infection takes hold, the signs may look like the following:
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Swollen and tender gums
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Bleeding when brushing
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Bright red or even purplish gums
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Foul breath
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Increasing space between teeth
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Pain when chewing
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Receding gums that pull away from the teeth
If you notice these signs, schedule a dental exam right away to stop the spread of infection.
Chesca B

Had a pleasant visit. The staff were incredible and so is the dentist. A bit nervous visiting the dentist but they made me feel comfortable during the treatment.

Chesca B

What Leads to Gum Disease?

Our mouths naturally have a microbiome that maintains an ecosystem of health within our mouths. However, we are all susceptible to unhealthy bacteria that can inhabit and infect our gums and teeth. There are some risk factors that can lead to periodontitis, such as:
Irregular or improper brushing
Smoking and vaping
Poor diet
Obesity
Diabetes
Excess bacterial buildup in mouth

The Stages of Gum Disease

Gingivitis

This is the earliest stage of gum disease and is most often characterised by gums that bleed when brushing, even with a soft toothbrush. In this mild form of gum disease, tiny pockets of bacteria may develop as some teeth slightly loosen from the gums. Fortunately, this stage is reversible with early professional treatment as well as proper oral care and hygiene.

Moderate Periodontitis

Mild periodontitis is characterized by bleeding gums, abscesses in the gum, foul breath, and loose teeth. During this stage, the gums, jawbone, and surrounding tissue have succumbed to infection, and connective tissue begins to break down. It is treatable and may require professional teeth cleaning with scaling and possible soft tissue repair or bone grafting.

Early Periodontitis

During this stage of gum disease, deeper pockets of bacteria have formed in the gums, which may be between teeth and/or below the gumline. Patients notice more profuse gum bleeding as well as bad breath that persists even after brushing. It may result in mild jawbone deterioration, but may be treated professionally by removing the calculus, tartar, and infection.

Advanced Periodontitis

This is the most advanced stage of gum disease. It is an advanced infection that has spread beyond the teeth and gums and may affect tooth roots and surrounding bone. Symptoms include foul breath, gums that bleed even if not brushing, pain, swollen gums, and possibly pus drainage from the gums. This stage is still treatable and may include surgery for tissue grafting.

Gingivitis

This is the earliest stage of gum disease and is most often characterised by gums that bleed when brushing, even with a soft toothbrush. In this mild form of gum disease, tiny pockets of bacteria may develop as some teeth slightly loosen from the gums. Fortunately, this stage is reversible with early professional treatment as well as proper oral care and hygiene.

Early Periodontitis

During this stage of gum disease, deeper pockets of bacteria have formed in the gums, which may be between teeth and/or below the gumline. Patients notice more profuse gum bleeding as well as bad breath that persists even after brushing. It may result in mild jawbone deterioration, but may be treated professionally by removing the calculus, tartar, and infection.

Moderate Periodontitis

Mild periodontitis is characterized by bleeding gums, abscesses in the gum, foul breath, and loose teeth. During this stage, the gums, jawbone, and surrounding tissue have succumbed to infection, and connective tissue begins to break down. It is treatable and may require professional teeth cleaning with scaling and possible soft tissue repair or bone grafting.

Advanced Periodontitis

This is the most advanced stage of gum disease. It is an advanced infection that has spread beyond the teeth and gums and may affect tooth roots and surrounding bone. Symptoms include foul breath, gums that bleed even if not brushing, pain, swollen gums, and possibly pus drainage from the gums. This stage is still treatable and may include surgery for tissue grafting.

Periodontal Treatments for Gum Disease

 
Professional treatment for gum disease does not necessarily mean surgery. Our dentists will do a comprehensive dental examination to determine the extent of your infection and devise the best treatment plan for your situation. Some of the treatments may include:

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Medications such as antibiotics help stop the spread of infection. These may be applied topically, or you may receive a prescription as a gel, mouthwash, or an oral tablet.

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Professional teeth cleaning is used to remove harmful bacteria and calculus or hardened dental plaque from your teeth. Often called scaling, this process is necessary as bacteria that hardens on teeth cannot be removed through at-home, daily brushing. Our professional scaling service takes advantage of an ultrasonic device that allows us to safely remove tartar.

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Root planing is another professional service that treats the roots and discourages the spread of infection. During this process, calculus is removed by smoothing the tooth root to remove deep infection and removing any infected tooth structure.

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Flap surgery may be necessary for some patients. During this treatment, the dentist is better able to clean tooth roots by gently lifting the gums. In some cases, the bone may be recontoured before the gum is replaced and secured.

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Soft tissue grafting takes place if gum loss has occurred. This dental treatment helps repair and reinforce soft tissue to allow it to heal and once again support your teeth.

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Bone grafting is a treatment the repairs and replaces damaged or deteriorated jawbone. Grafting can be done in one treatment and will help rebuild a stronger bone foundation to support your teeth. Your body will use this to regrow natural bone, allowing your mouth to heal and function as it should.

Don’t Let Gum Disease Ruin Your Health

As you can see, gum disease is treatable in all stages. Of course, the sooner you begin treatment, the easier and quicker you will heal. But if you have late-stage periodontitis, don’t worry; our team of experienced dentists will treat you with no judgement and compassion. Our goal is to help our patients achieve excellent oral health in a comfortable and professional setting.

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If you suspect that you have gum disease or any other oral health problems, don’t hesitate to call and schedule a visit. We will do our best to ensure your comfort and get to the root of any dental problems, then create a treatment plan that will help restore your oral health.

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If you suspect that you have gum disease or any other oral health problems, don’t hesitate to call and schedule a visit. We will do our best to ensure your comfort and get to the root of any dental problems, then create a treatment plan that will help restore your oral health.

James M

James Wong is a wonderful Dentist. The communication and patience through the procedure was first class.

James M

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