At Kinross Drive Dental, we know that good oral health isn’t just about whether your teeth look good. Your gums matter, too. Gum disease affects people of all ages and results in tooth pain, bad breath and tooth loss. Our team offers gentle treatment options for gum disease that will stop it in its tracks or even reverse it.
One of the first signs of gum disease is bleeding gums. They can become inflamed, painful, tender, swollen or red. Bad breath that doesn’t go away and a bitter taste in the mouth after sleeping are also common. In the more advanced stages, the gums may pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where pus may build up. The teeth can become loosened or even fall out.
There are two separate phases involved in gum disease. The first is called gingivitis. A milder form, it results from plaque buildup along the gum line or between teeth. This form of gum disease can be reversed with frequent hygiene appointments and a good at-home routine.
The second stage of gum disease is periodontitis. This advanced, destructive form of gum disease is irreversible.
The damage to your gums and jaw bone, however, can be stopped with careful attention, preventing the loss of your teeth.
If you’ve noticed any symptoms of gum disease, we suggest that you make an appointment straightaway. Your teeth and gums will be thoroughly examined, and we can then recommend the best possible treatment for your situation.
If you have gingivitis, a thorough scale and clean will remove the plaque buildup along the gum line. We’ll also go through the proper home care to prevent symptoms from returning.
Periodontitis requires a more extensive cleaning, which may take place over several appointments. If necessary, local anaesthetic can be administered prior to the procedure beginning.