Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious problem for dental health. It is one of the main causes of tooth loss. However it can be treated and your oral health and quality of life restored.

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Gum Disease
Treatment involves a series of stages.
 
1. Consultation: Initially a detailed examination and assessment is carried out by Dr Sidi. A treatment plan is formulated which usually begins with a number of visits with our Dental Hygienists. These visits are usually 45 minutes.
 
2. The Dental Hygienist: The hygienist provides instruction in oral hygiene techniques which are tailored to each individual. They also provide advice about dental care and carry out cleaning of the teeth in a special way to improve the health of the gums.
 
3. Review: Once the cleaning has been completed there is a further consultation with Dr Sidi to assess the improvement and advice regarding further treatment. This may include surgical procedures or further visits with the hygienist.
 
4. Maintenance: Once the treatment has been completed, most patients remain on a long term maintenance program with the hygienist and have annual assessments with Dr Sidi. These do not replace regular checks with your General Dental Practitioner.

What is Gum Disease?
 
Gum disease is a serious problem for dental health. It is one of the main causes of tooth loss. Signs of gum disease can be bleeding from the gums, loose teeth or teeth drifting from their normal position. Gum recession and bad breath can also be signs of gum disease. Untreated gum disease has been associated with other health conditions such as heart disease.

What Causes Gum Disease?

We all have bacteria present in the mouth. If cleaning is not effective then a plaque bacteria builds up around teeth. This results in gum inflammation and in time a loss of the supporting bone. Gum recession can accompany this change. The loss of bone results in the teeth becoming loose and if untreated eventually teeth are lost.
 
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