GUM TREATMENT

Gum Treatment

GUM TREATMENT

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

FEES AND SUBSIDIES

FEES

Root planning costs between $170,00 and $280.00. Peridontal surgery starts from $280.00. Regenerative procedures cost from $891.00 and root canal treatments cost between $400.00 and $800.00.

Root Planing $170.00 – $280.00
Periodontal surgery $280.00 – $400.00
Regenerative procedures From $890.50

 

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CHAS SUBSIDY

Patients holding CHAS, Pioneer Generation or Merdeka Generation Cards will be entitled to the relevant subsidies for root canal treatments:

  • Orange: Between $109.50 and $170.50 per procedure
  • Blue: Between $164.00 to $256.50 per procedure
  • Merdeka Generation: Between $169.00 to $261.50 per procedure
  • Pioneer Generation: Between $174.00 to $266.50 per procedure

Visit the CHAS website for a detailed breakdown of the subsidies available.

Corporate discount is not applicable should patient utilise the above subsidy schemes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Gum treatment may involve the following procedures:

  1. Scaling and root planing is a deep-cleaning, non-surgical procedure, done under local anesthetic, whereby plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line are removed and rough spots on teeth roots are made smooth. Smoothening rough spots removes bacteria and provides a clean surface for the gums to re-attach to the teeth. After the procedure, you may feel some discomfort for up to 48 hours.
  2. Gum (Periodontal) surgery is recommended when there is a significant separation between the gum and the teeth. In this procedure, the gums are carefully reflected aside to reveal the true extent of infected calculus. In some cases, the shape of the bone around the infected teeth is shaped to speed up healing. In other cases, the bone and gum tissues can be re-created.
  3. Gum and bone grafting may be performed to repair damaged gums and jawbone when the gums around the teeth have receded. Bone grafting can enhance areas of deficient bone to facilitate dental implant placement.
Depending on the severity of the gum problems, usually 2 or more visits are required. Simpler procedures take about 30 minutes. More complex procedures take up to 2 hours. If scaling and root planing is followed by gum surgery, the procedure may be spread out over several weeks to aid wound healing.
Most of our patients can resume normal daily activities within a few hours after our procedure. The less invasive procedures allow you to resume normal activities rapidly. However, the more extensive surgery may require some rest.
Pain after the procedure is uncommon. Pain occurring after a procedure is usually a result of pre-existing infection. If you do experience pain, please take the prescribed medication by our dentist.
Gum bleeding is commonly caused by gingivitis (gum inflammation) and can be controlled by regular dental check-up and cleaning. A routine dental check-up will also help rule out other non-dental related causes of gum bleeding.
People in their twenties should be examined by a periodontist at least once every 4 years. People in their thirties or older, a periodontal examination should be done once in 3 years. This is in addition to other routine dental check-ups. Periodontal disease does not cause pain in the early years and it is most easily treated when discovered early. Scaling and root planing should be continued every 3-6 months to maintain healthy gums.
Research has shown that untreated gum disease is correlated to diabetes, heart and blood vessel diseases, stroke, pregnancy complications, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis and some types of cancers. Mouth infections may also increase the risk for those who are undergoing other types of surgery. For example, patients with heart valve defects are commonly warned by their doctors to take antibiotics before dental or surgical procedures so that the bacterial disruption in their mouth will not travel through the bloodstream to infect the heart valve.
Regular brushing, flossing twice daily and regular visits to the dentist for scaling and polishing twice a year is recommended. When gingivitis is present, a thorough scaling and root planning by the dentist followed by good ome care will keep the gum disease in check. If there are misaligned teeth or crowded front teeth, orthodontic treatment to correct the alignment can be helpful. Impacted wisdom teeth that do not enough room to erupt are also best removed early to minimize the occurrences of gum inflammation or tooth decay. Prevention is better than cure. By the time the supporting bone around the teeth is lost, extensive gum treatment by a periodontist will be needed.
Before any treatment can be recommended, the cause of these exceptionally long teeth must be determined. Our dentist will perform a thorough dental examination and X-rays needs to be taken to assess the dental condition and rule out any underlying problems. Gum disease is seldom symptomatic but can show up as exceptionally long teeth in which the bone and gums that support these teeth are destroyed, resulting in more root surfaces being exposed and longer looking teeth. If the diagnosis is receding gums, one option is gum grafting where gum tissue is added to the receded area. If the gums are healthy, full ceramic crowns may be prescribed to shorten those teeth. However, root canal treatment may be required if the teeth are to be shortened substantially. Braces may be another solution to align your front teeth to the same level. Our dentist will discuss the various options, their risks and benefits to you so that the most appropriate treatment can be prescribed.

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