Periodontal Disease Treatment Sydney
Periodontal or gum disease is a common disease that affects the gums and bones that are supporting the teeth. Microorganisms like bacteria stick to the surface of the tooth as well as the pockets that are surrounding the tooth and start to multiply. The immune system starts to release toxins and the inflammation starts.
Without proper treatment, the alveolar bone around the tooth is slowly but progressively lost. Periodontal disease can also increase risk of stroke, heart attack and other health problems, and that is why it is important to contact your dentist as soon as you notice any changes.
In most cases, periodontal disease is preventable through good dental hygiene. However, if any problems occur, we will be there to examine your condition in detail and prescribe one of many successful treatment options.
Scaling and Cleaning
This is a non-surgical method, and this should be the first step in treating periodontal disease. A dentist or a dental hygienist provides this treatment by scraping and removing the plaque and calculus to restore periodontal health.
We will perform scaling and cleaning below the gumline by hand tool or an ultrasonic device that breaks up the plaque and calculus. All the roughness will be smoothed to prevent bacteria from gathering again. Depending on your condition, it may take more than one visit to our periodontal disease treatment Sydney center and we may apply a local anesthetic to prevent any discomfort.
Cleaning is usually recommended twice a year, but it may be required more often, depending on how much plaque accumulates. We will tailor a periodontal disease treatment plan that perfectly fits your needs. When the curing process is finished, the gums will heal; and reattach themselves to the healthy and clean surfaces of the teeth.
Medications That Might Be Included in Treatment
A number of medicament mouthwashes and other treatments are available, but it is best to consult one of our experienced dentists which one will be the best choice for you instead of starting to use one on your own. If not treated well, periodontal disease can cause many health hazards, so don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule a check-up.
In order to control bacteria during treatment or after oral surgery, some antimicrobial mouth rinse might be prescribed. Besides that, antiseptic chips and antibiotic microspheres that are placed in the pockets after root planing are very effective too. It is a small piece of gelatin filled with chlorhexidine or minocycline (in case of antibiotic microspheres) and medication is slowly released over time.
Other treatments that we prescribe to our patients might include antibiotic gel, enzyme suppressant or even oral antibiotics. If good oral hygiene, medicaments and non-surgical treatment are not effective, surgical intervention might be needed. Whatever is the case, we will be there to explain to you available options and help you beat the infection and prevent its recurrence.
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Like every other disease, periodontal infection is also accompanied by certain symptoms. The most common signs of this disease are:
- Receding gums that make the teeth look longer
- Bright, red or even purple gums
- Extra spaces appearing between the teeth
- Bad breath
- A metallic taste in your mouth
- Painful gums
Apart from this, a patient can say that their bite feels different because the teeth do not fit as they did before. In case you are feeling some of the above-mentioned symptoms, we suggest you contact us as soon as possible.
All you have to do is to fill out the contact form on our website or to give us a call at any time, and we will schedule you an appointment at our Periodontal Disease Treatment Sydney Center and provide all the information you need.
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North Ryde Macquarie Park Dentists
285-297 Lane Cove Road, Macquarie Park, 2113 NSW Australia