Suffer from inflamed or bleeding gums?
Here’s a guide on what Periodontal Treatment actually is, what kinds of symptoms it can help and also the impact on overall dental health.
In this article, I cover:
Periodontal treatment is a range of dental procedures aimed at treating and preventing gum disease.
The goal is to halt the progress of the disease, restore your gum health, and prevent future problems. It involves everything from thorough dental cleaning to more complex surgical and non-surgical interventions.
Periodontal health is vital for the long term health of teeth. When gum health declines, structures supporting your teeth can become weakened or damaged.
And without wanting to be alarmist, weakened gums can cause tooth loss as well as other systemic health issues (which I cover later in the article).
Gum disease is extremely prevalent. In 2009, the Adult Dental Health Survey (ADHS) found that 60% of adults aged 55 years and older showed signs of periodontitis.
And 45% of adults in the UK showed some form of periodontal disease.
I wanted to call this out because some patients may feel like it’s their fault. It happens to everyone.
Patients can identify a number of different symptoms. Here’s an overview of what periodontal treatment can address:
We offer non-surgical periodontal treatments to patients right across Essex, providing expert care that prioritises your comfort and wellbeing.
Non-surgical periodontal treatment typically involves a process that identifies and removes sub gingival (below gum-line) plaque and calculus with specific equipment.
This can be called PMPR, or Professional Mechanical Plaque Removal.
If gum disease is already present, PMPR serves as a crucial part of the treatment process, helping to halt the disease’s progression and restore oral health.
Non-surgical Periodontal treatments like PMPR are always performed under local anaesthetic, so you won’t need to worry about pain or discomfort during the procedure.
And at the practice, we are able to offer Sedation alongside Periodontal treatment for those feeling anxious or nervous about treatment.
Gum disease, if left untreated, can have pretty big consequences.
Initially, it might cause bleeding gums, bad breath, and gum recession.
Over time, it can lead to loosening of the teeth due to the destruction of the supporting tissues and bone around the teeth. This may in turn affect how you chew and speak but can also change the appearance and shape of your smile.
There’s a direct causal link between gum disease and subsequent tooth loss.
Teeth are held in place by the surrounding tissues and bone, and when gum disease damages these structures, teeth can become loose.
By stabilising gum disease through treatment and maintaining good oral hygiene, we can prevent or slow down this process, helping you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
As a clinician, my belief is that if a patient can keep healthy teeth, it’s always the best and most cost effective option for your long term dental health.
A growing body of research has suggested a link between oral health and cardiovascular health. Studies show that gum disease is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease and can exacerbate existing heart conditions.
Scientists think the link between your heart and your gums is through inflammation.
Stabilising gum disease may reduce inflammation and therefore could help protect against heart disease, though more research is needed to fully understand this connection.
I thought it’d be useful at this point to walk through the typical journey when undertaking periodontal treatment. This is something your dentist will be able to give more tailored detail.
Periodontal treatment, encompassing a spectrum of dental procedures from deep cleaning to surgical and non-surgical interventions, is instrumental in preventing and addressing gum disease.
Gum disease is a widespread issue and it affects almost half of the UK adult population. If left unchecked, can have severe ramifications including tooth loss and possible heart conditions.
Periodontal Treatment like PMPR, regular hygiene, and improved oral hygiene habits can stabilise gum disease and improve the long term prognosis of teeth.
Don’t let concerns about your gum health go unanswered.
If you’re experiencing symptoms like bleeding gums, receding gums, or constant soreness, or if you simply seek advice on maintaining your dental health, reach out to us.
Dr Kaly Gengeswaran
BSc (Hons), BDS Lon, PG Dip (Sed)