periodontal treatments Edgecliff

Periodontal diseases generally refer to infections that affect the structures that support the teeth. They can be gum diseases, or those affecting the bones or the ligaments connected to the teeth. When the infection reaches your gums you will notice swelling and bleeding. If this is left untreated, it affects the supporting tissues and the problem spreads to other areas of your mouth.

Periodontitis is caused by bacteria in the mouth acting on food debris, leading to inflammation. It can affect the gums and the bone.

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Susceptibility to periodontal diseases

Plaque is the main reason for periodontal disease. Poor oral hygiene habits, smoking, and chewing tobacco are also common reasons. If you are a smoker, then the nicotine can stick on your teeth and make you susceptible to gum diseases. Healthy gums can also get affected because of smoking.

Your genetic makeup also contributes to periodontal diseases. But that does not mean that you will definitely get the disease - it only means that you need to be more careful with your oral hygiene.

If you wear braces or bridgework, make sure that food does not get stuck to them. Clean your braces and bridges thoroughly to avoid bacterial build up on them.

Poor nutrition and stress could also cause periodontal diseases. They can weaken the immune system and make you susceptible to diseases including periodontal diseases.

Some of the symptoms of periodontal disease include bad breath, inflammation of the gums, and even bleeding in some cases. Teeth may become loose with pus oozing from the area. If you see any of these happening with your teeth, waste no time – come in for a check-up at our clinic as soon as possible.

Treatment and care

If you seek treatment during the initial stages of the disease itself, all that might be required would be improving your oral hygiene routine along with some treatment. It might be a good idea to get a cleaning done at the dental clinic first and then following it up with your own care routine.

Dental cleaning at the clinic will remove all the plaque that might have formed on your teeth. Bacteria love plaque, and when you get rid of that, the bacteria will also be gone.

If the disease has progressed, then you will need more advanced treatment. Medication may be prescribed to fight the infections and bring down the inflammation. Some cases may even need surgical treatment. Bacterial growth can happen at the root of the tooth as well. It may require a surgical procedure to clean away the bacteria and plaque deposits found at the root.

If you have periodontal disease, there is no need to worry. With early intervention and the right treatment you will be able to save all your teeth. Even if you are in the advanced stages of periodontal disease, there are still many treatment options.

If you want more information about the different types of treatment options that are available for periodontal diseases, please get in touch with us right away. Call us and our front office staff will set up an appointment for you with our expert dentists.

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