How is Periodontal Disease Treated?
You have to treat periodontal disease aggressively especially if you have signs it could be elsewhere in the body, because these signs show the disease has progressed to the point where you whole body system is breaking down. This can be achieved through deep cleans.
We often get asked…
What’s the difference between regular cleaning and deep cleaning?
Regular cleaning is what most people do on a regular basis which is every 6 months to a year. It’s often to prevent issues such as periodontal disease and build up of plaque.
Deep cleaning is very different and is often a requirement if regular cleans/ brushing has not been maintained. Deep cleaning is different from regular cleaning because it reaches the deep areas of your gums which requires anesthetic.
What Causes Inflammation in Your Gums?
The gums and tissues around your teeth get inflamed because of bacterial plaque on your teeth. Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that is caused by not brushing or flossing your teeth on a regular basis. With gingivitis your gums are irritated become red and swollen, bleed easily and you may also have bad breath, but the bone around the teeth has not been affected.
In the more advanced periodontal disease the gums and bone around the teeth are impacted. There is destruction of the part of the jawbone that holds the teeth in. This also affects the ligament of connective tissue fibres that attach to your tooth and the bone it sits in.
When you have periodontal disease the process of destruction advances in the direction of the end of the roots, the outer layer of gum can stay high but underneath the damage is being done as your bone and fibres that hold your teeth in place get destroyed. This forms what is called a pocket, and causes loosening of teeth and ultimately the loss of your teeth.
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