Most adults have gum disease to some degree, but some just have it worse than others. Gum disease is a common dental condition whereby the gums become infected, swollen, or sore. The early form of gum disease is known as “Gingivitis”.
Do I need Gum Disease Treatment?
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 does 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 can be enough to rid some forms of gum disease.
2. In some cases, you may require “root planning” (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.
Tooth Fillings FAQ’s
Normally, your tooth will be sensitive to heat and cold for about 2 days after the filling. Some people don’t notice any pain, and for those that do the pain is normally very mild. You should feel no pain and be back to normal in three days.
With regular care and maintenance, a typical filling will last 5-10 years before it needs to be replaced.
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.