Specialist treatment for advanced gum disease
Periodontics is the field of dentistry concerned with treating the area around your teeth – and at Eurodental we take this very seriously – in fact we have a specialist periodontist on staff, who has undertaken advanced-level training in the treatment and management of periodontitis (advanced gingivitis). Why? Because healthy gums are not only the key to healthy teeth and an attractive smile, but also to good overall health. Gum disease has been linked to type 2 diabetes and heart disease – not to mention poor nutrition if your dentition is stopping you from eating properly.
Periodontal treatment at Eurodental in Swindon is individually tailored to meet your specific needs. We will begin with the least invasive approach, using non-surgical means if appropriate. This involves decontamination and thorough professional cleaning of the root surfaces, under the deep periodontal pockets. In many cases, this will be the only treatment you require. Non-surgical management can include any of the following:
- Scaling and root surface debridement
- Bacterial analysis and antimicrobial therapy
- Occlusal analysis and adjustment
- Splinting of teeth and instruction about plaque control
More advanced cases may require a range of minor surgical procedures to smooth or correct defects and irregularities in the bone and soft tissue surrounding the diseased teeth, with the ultimate aim of re-establishing periodontal health. These may include:
- Pocket reduction procedures
- Regenerative procedures
- Crown lengthening
- Soft tissue grafting
- Cosmetic procedures
Otherwise known as advanced gum disease, periodontitis is the inflammation of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. The early signs of gum disease are known as gingivitis, progressing to periodontitis as symptoms worsen.
Symptoms of periodontitis include swollen, red and tender gums, bad breath, toothache, or loose teeth. However, you need a dentist to exam and diagnose this – or any dental condition – as there may be few or no symptoms. Gum disease can remain undetected for decades, which is why it’s vital you attend regular dental check-ups and hygiene appointments throughout your life.
Periodontal disease is the aggravated form of gingivitis. However, unlike gingivitis, which can be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, periodontitis can usually only be treated and kept under control. A consultation with our specialist periodontist will help you know for sure which treatment option you’ll require.