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Introduction to Gum Disease

At The Dental Cafe, we understand the critical role gum health plays in your overall oral wellness. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, ranges from simple gum inflammation (gingivitis) to more severe conditions (periodontitis) that can lead to loss of teeth. Our commitment is to provide comprehensive gum disease treatment options designed to restore and maintain your gum health.

Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease is often caused by plaque build-up, leading to inflamed and bleeding gums. If left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth and form spaces (pockets) that become infected. The body’s immune response to this infection, combined with bacterial toxins, starts to break down the bone and connective tissue holding teeth in place.

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Our Gum Disease Treatment Solutions

We offer a range of treatments tailored to the severity of the gum disease, including:

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Professional Cleaning

Removal of plaque and tartar through scaling and root planing. This non-surgical treatment cleans deeply between the gums and teeth, down to the roots.

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Medication

In some cases, medications may be used alongside cleaning to reduce bacteria and inflammation.

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Surgical Treatments

For advanced periodontitis, surgical options such as flap surgery (pocket reduction surgery) or bone and tissue grafts may be necessary to restore supportive tissues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Early signs of gum disease include red, swollen, or tender gums that may bleed during brushing or flossing, persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth, and gums that appear to pull away from the teeth. Early detection and treatment are crucial to prevent the progression of the disease.

The early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, is reversible with professional treatment and good oral hygiene at home. However, advanced gum disease (periodontitis) can be managed but not cured. Ongoing treatment and maintenance are essential to halt its progression and preserve the health of your gums and teeth.

The frequency of dental visits for gum disease treatment varies depending on the severity of your condition. Typically, patients may require more frequent cleanings, about every 3-4 months, in addition to regular check-ups. Your dentist will recommend a personalised treatment and maintenance plan based on your specific needs.

Most gum disease treatments, especially in the early stages, are minimally invasive and cause little to no discomfort. For more advanced treatments, your dentist may use local anaesthesia to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. Post-treatment discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Preventing gum disease involves maintaining good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash. It’s also important to avoid tobacco use, eat a balanced diet, and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

Untreated gum disease can progress to periodontitis, leading to the destruction of the supporting structures of the teeth, such as the gums and bone. This can cause teeth to become loose, shift, or fall out. Additionally, research has linked periodontal disease to other health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease.

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The Treatment Process

Why Choose The Dental Cafe for Gum Disease Treatment

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Schedule Your Consultation

If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as swollen, bleeding gums, or bad breath, don’t wait to seek treatment. Early intervention is key to preventing more serious health issues. Contact The Dental Cafe today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards healthier gums and a healthier smile.

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