Treatments For Gum Disease
It all begins with a careful diagnosis. Our existing patients are regularly monitored. New Patients are examined carefully for signs of gum disease and are recommended treatments appropriate to the findings of this examination.
Treatment of gum disease is a joint effort between the practice and the patient. The success or failure of treatment will absolutely depend on your co-operation and what you do at home.
Prevention or curtailment of the disease can only happen if you understand why the situation has developed and what you can do about it so we make every effort to educate our patients on best practice. This is absolutely not ‘telling people off’! Most patients have no idea what effective tooth cleaning is because no professional has ever told them!
After explaining the nature of the disease and its management, we measure exactly how far the disease has progressed. The dentist or hygienist will then carefully clean the teeth and arrange review appointments to make sure progress has been made.
At the review, a long-term treatment plan will be presented. This may consist of only a recommendation for periodic cleanings or a recommendation for frequent appointments and regular x-rays to monitor bone levels.
Patients who are unable to clean effectively, perhaps for example because of arthritis, other disabilities or dementia may be invited to make frequent hygiene appointments in order to reduce the bacteria in the mouth as much as possible.
Gum disease is a serious problem which affects many of us. Left untreated it can have devastating effects but working together we can minimise damage, save teeth, probably reduce the risk of serious health conditions and generally improve the quality of life.