Periodontal Gum Treatment
Dawood & Tanner treat the diseases of the gum (Periodontal disease) that cause inflammation and loss of the healthy attachment of the tooth to the gum and jaw bone.
The best treatment is prevention, and if caught early simple hygiene measures may be all that is needed to regain control.
When gum disease becomes established, periodontal (gum) treatment is designed to re-establish a healthy attachment of the tooth to the jaw bone.
Surgery may be carried out to eliminate ingrained deposits of plaque and mineralised tartar (calculus), to regenerate lost or missing bone as well as to improve the types of gum tissue present around the teeth.
Whilst the majority of gum treatments are carried out to treat disease, we might also carry out gum treatments to improve appearance. These rejuvenating treatments are designed to add gum tissue where it is missing, for example as a result of recession, or to sculpt excessive tissues, for example where there is a 'gummy' or asymmetrical smile.
As ever, you need to protect your teeth from gum disease, because if it is allowed to progress, a 'pocket' develops between the tooth and the gum, and bone around the tooth is lost. If you notice that your gums bleed when brushed or are slightly swollen (and there may be no obvious signs), it is important to have regular dental reviews and hygienist sessions.Teeth compromised by the presence of deep pockets and the loss of the supporting bone, become loose and may move or drift, causing collapse of the 'bite', and unsightly spacing. Gum disease is the most important cause of adult tooth loss, and will lead to the need for more extensive treatments, such as Dental Implants.
Image 1: Advanced periodontal disease - many of these teeth are not salvageable. Image 2: Gingivitis- in this case the gums are visibly inflamed. Image 3: Beautiful healthy gums