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Gum Disease

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Gum Disease

Most adults have gum disease to some degree, but some just have it worse than others. Gum disease (also know as Periodontitis) is a common dental condition whereby the gums become infected, swollen, or sore due to plaque growing below the gum line. The early form of gum disease is known as “Gingivitis”.

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Dr Alistair Graham | Mona Vale Dental

Dr Alistair Graham is one of the few dentists who can fix most of your dental problems, since he’s qualified to provide both surgical and restorative treatments. He completed his Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Oral Implants) at Sydney University. He also studied in the UK, Australia and Switzerland to delve further into this field.

Dr Graham is widely recognised for his extensive experience in all stages of dental treatments (planning, surgical and restorative) including gum disease treatment. As a result, Mona Vale Dental can give you clarity about the entire treatment plan, putting you in control of the outcome. This gives you peace of mind that your treatment is being completed in one place, with someone who understands the big picture.

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What is gum disease?

When plaque builds up on your teeth, this can eventually lead to gum disease. This is due to the bacteria in the plaque irritating and harming your gums, which can soon lead to redness, bleeding, and swelling. If your gums bleed when you brush them, you should consider making an appointment with your dentist and having your gums assessed and treated. Gum disease can lead to a range of dental problems, including bad breath, so it’s best to get your gums checked out.

Gum disease increases the risk of general health issues such as cardiovascular disease, so it is important not to ignore it.

Do I need gum disease treatment?

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Gum disease treatment can help to prevent a wide range of future problems for your teeth. For example, if left untreated, gum disease can develop into a condition called “periodontitis” which is known to lead to receding gums, tooth loss, loose teeth, and painful pus-filled gum abscesses. If you smoke or have a condition such as diabetes, then you are more likely to develop gum disease, so you should be particularly vigilant.


How goes gum disease treatment work?

1. If you need to remove hardened plaque and tartar from your teeth, then you may receive a “professional cleaning” where a dental hygienist scrapes away plaque and tartar from your tooth with special tools. This, along with good home care, can be enough to rid some forms of gum disease.


2. In some cases, you may require “root planing” (debridement), a procedure which cleans the roots of your teeth under the gums. This treatment requires a local anaesthetic and can be sore for a couple of days afterwards.


3. Antibiotic tablets or capsules may be prescribed to control bacteria when treating gingivitis and after gum surgery


If you feel you have gum disease and require treatment, you need to consult a dentist you can trust.
For more information, please give Mona Vale Dental a call today on (02) 9997 1100.

Gum Disease FAQ’s

How do I know if I have gum disease?2019-05-28T11:05:38+10:00

Symptoms of gum disease include:
• Bad breath that won’t go away
• Red or swollen gums
• Tender or bleeding gums
• Painful chewing
• Loose teeth
• Sensitive teeth
• Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

How is gum disease treated?2019-05-28T11:03:33+10:00

The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good daily care at home.

Can gum disease cause health problems beyond the mouth?2019-05-28T11:03:48+10:00

In some studies, researchers have observed that people with gum disease (when compared to people without gum disease) were more likely to develop heart disease or have difficulty controlling blood sugar. Other studies showed that women with gum disease were more likely than those with healthy gums to deliver preterm, low birth weight babies. To date, it has not been determined whether gum disease is the cause of these conditions.

If you have any other questions that are not covered here, please feel free to contact our friendly team who will be more than happy to help you.

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