Do you experience red, swollen or bleeding gums? Gum treatment procedures can provide relief from these symptoms, while also preventing further complications.
HOW IT WORKS
The first, and mildest form of gum disease is called gingivitis. It is a gum inflammation, most commonly occurring in adults. When bacteria attacks the soft tissues around your teeth, infected gums appear red, puffy or bleeding.
The good news is – gingivitis can be reversed by professional cleaning and good oral hygiene.
It is essential to treat gingivitis early to prevent further complications such as periodontitis, which can lead to bone and teeth loss. Gum treatment for periodontitis aims to reduce inflammation of gum tissue and further bone loss, through deep cleaning and root planing.
Visit us every 6 months to detect and treat gingivitis early.
WHAT TO EXPECT
To take care of your gums, we may consider some of the following treatment, depending on your individual needs:
- Scaling and root planing is a deep-cleaning, non-surgical procedure, done under local anaesthetic. Plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line are removed and rough spots on your teeth roots are made smooth. This procedure removes bacteria and provides a clean surface for your gums to reattach to the teeth. There may be slight discomfort and tooth sensitivity after the procedure, but it should not last more than 48 hours.
- Gum (Periodontal) surgery may be recommended if there is significant separation between your gums and teeth. During this procedure, your gums will be carefully folded aside to reveal the true extent of the infection. In some cases, the bone around the infected teeth will be shaped to speed up healing. In other cases, the bone and gum tissues can be re-created.
- Gum and bone grafting may also be used to repair damaged gums and jawbone, especially in cases where the gums around the teeth have receded. Bone grafting may also be needed to strengthen deficient bone, in preparation for dental implants placement.
The time taken for gum treatments varies from individuals and their condition. If your gum issues are mild and simply require cleaning, the procedure takes about 30 minutes. For more advanced procedures, it may take up to two hours. However, a few visits over several weeks may be required if you need gum surgery, scaling and root planing.