GUM DISEASE/PERIODONTAL TREATMENT
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If you suffer from periodontitis, otherwise known as gum disease you will require some type of periodontal treatment from your dentist or dental hygienist. If left untreated periodontitis can cause tooth loss or teeth to loosen.
The type of treatment you will have will depend on how serious your gum disease is. You may be able to treat mild gum disease (gingivitis) with a daily brushing and flossing routine. Your dentist or hygienist will arrange regular check-ups with you to monitor the size of any pockets in your gums, as well as how easily your gums bleed, to make sure these get better over time.
Periodontitis diagnosis and treatment:
Your dental hygienist or dentist will use a periodontal probe to measure the depth of any gaps between your teeth and gums. They may check how easily your gums bleed and how much plaque and tartar you have on your teeth. You may also need X-rays to check the state of your teeth and jaw bone.
Root planning may be required to treat periodontitis or acute necrotising ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG). Root planning removes plaque, tartar, and damaged tooth coverings. Your dentist or hygienist may use a local anaesthetic to make the root-planning more comfortable which will numb the entire gum area.
Treatment with antibiotics may be recommended if you have a very serious infection. Antiseptic mouthwash may be recommended by a hygienist to help discourage the growth of bacteria. However, a mouthwash can’t remove plaque already built up on your teeth, this must be removed by a hygienist or dental therapist or with regular brushing.