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Are You In Need Of Gum Disease Treatment? Dapto Dentists Can Help

If you need gum disease treatment, Dapto residents may be surprised to know that they’re not alone. Nearly everyone has some form of gum disease at some point in their lives. The key is to recognise the signs and get it treated as early as possible.


What is gum disease? A Dapto dentist can explain…

Gum disease is a gum line inflammation which may progress to affect the underlying bone supporting the teeth. There are three stages of gum disease Dapto patients should be concerned about and they are:

● Gingivitis
● Periodontitis
● Advanced periodontitis

with gingivitis being the least severe and advanced periodontitis being the worst. While gingivitis is easily reversed using professional dental cleaning techniques to remove tartar build up, both periodontitis and advanced periodontitis aren’t quite so straight forward.

If gingivitis is left untreated, toxins from any bacterial plaque will build up and start to attack not only the gum tissue but also the ligaments and bone tissue that support the teeth. When it gets to this stage there are several surgical and non-surgical gum disease treatment options.

Non-surgical gum disease treatment in Dapto

Usually the first course of action is something known as scaling and root planing (SRP). This is where any tartar is removed from the teeth and root surfaces by scaling. Then any roughness on the roots are smoothed away so that plaque can’t gather. This may take one or more visits to our Dapto dental team.

As surgical treatments for gum disease, Dapto patients may consider referring to a specialist:

Gum lifting

If scaling and root planing is unsuccessful and any remaining gum tissue isn’t sitting snugly against the tooth, it can mean that plaque will gather in the pockets causing more harm. For this reason we may suggest periodontal pocket reduction surgery. It’s a relatively simple process whereby the gum tissue is folded back, the root thoroughly cleaned, and the gum reattached, so it fits snugly. This procedure is done by our trusted periodontist in their Wollongong/Shellharbour specialists office.

Gum grafting

On some occasions, where gum disease has eroded the gum and exposed sensitive tooth roots, our gum disease treatment in Dapto can extend to a gum graft. This is where gum is taken from another area of the mouth (primarily the palate) and attached to cover the exposed tooth or teeth. This not only protects your tooth roots from further decay but can also stop further gum and bone recession. This procedure is also done by our trusted specialists in their clinics.

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