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Periodontal (gum) Treatments
Four dental hygienists, between our two practices near York work together with our patients to help improve and maintain oral hygiene and oral health. A significant proportion of patients attend 3 monthly, a service which is included when needed on Denplan.
The dentists may prescribe a specific course of gum treatment, or simply a regular maintenance regime which includes visits to the hygienist.
Gum disease is manifested in two forms. Periodontitis is a disease that causes inflammation of the deeper gums, often remains unnoticed for years or decades in a patient and usually results in loss of supporting bone around teeth. Gingivitis involves inflammation of the superficial gums but no bone loss.
More teeth are lost through periodontal disease than tooth decay. The good news is that with early detection it is very treatable. Even in advanced cases, expert treatment can prolong the life of the teeth ensuring a healthy, confident smile
Periodontitis is a common complaint affecting approximately 50% of U.K. adults over the age of 30 years. It occurs in people who have had a pre-existing gingivitis present over several years. Gingivitis is itself caused by the accumulation of bacteria at the gum line (dental plaque) and if left untreated usually progresses to a more serious periodontitis. Plaque present on the teeth for several days calcifies to form dental calculus (tartar) and this must be removed completely by the dentist or hygienist in order to treat gingivitis and periodontitis.
We use professional (ultrasonic) instruments to remove bacterial plaque and calculus around teeth and below the gum-line. When deeper or more extensive scaling is required, local anaesthesia is commonly used to ensure comfort during this procedure. We may prescribe antibiotics as an adjunct during the gum healing process. In some instances local gum surgery to the affected tooth may help.
Daily oral hygiene is vital in preventing the onset and growth of gum disease. Good tooth brushing and interdental cleaning are vital in keeping teeth free from plaque-generating bacteria. Regular visits with our hygienists also help to maintain gum health and keep your teeth looking great.