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Gum Disease

Periodontal or gum disease happens when bacteria gets below the gum line and the attachment between the gum and tooth is lost. Gum disease is a silent, chronic, painless and communicable bacterial infection that often goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction is unbearable and no longer able to be ignored.
In the early stages the disease only involves soft gum tissue and is called gingivitis. Later, disease may spread to the bone and is called periodontitis. Nowadays, in the UK gum disease is one of the commonest causes of tooth loss in adults. For gum disease treatment with a gentle touch, you will have the option to see our hygienist who is experienced in gum disease treatment methods that can prevent the periodontal disease from leading to major problems such as gum recession and bone loss. At Diss Dental Health Centre we recommend you visit the hygienist between 2 and 4 times a year depending on your need Benefits: Avoid bleeding gums & other dental disorder Ensure an optimal level of cleanliness and bacteria reduction Prevention of an appearance of premature ageing We educate you on how to maintain healthy teeth for life

What are the warning signs of gum disease?

Gum disease can be asymptomatic and painless. However, many patients experience symptoms that include:
  • Pain
  • Foul odour / halitosis
  • Bleeding, tender, swollen, or red gums
  • Abscesses (pus oozing from the gums)
  • Loose teeth
If you experience any of these symptoms, please visit us for an exam. If early-stage gum disease is detected, simple treatment can prevent the condition from progressing.

How is gum disease treated?

Depending on the stage of the disease, gum disease treatment can take various forms. At our practice we treat early-stage gum disease by educating the patient on proper oral hygiene and plaque removal. Our dentists/hygienist may also perform scaling and root planning, a technique for cleaning the tooth structure and removing plaque and tartar from the gum pockets. This technique controls the infection and arrests gum recession. In its more severe stages, periodontal disease causes large gum pockets and some bone destruction. Therefore, this stage of gum disease treatment may involve one or more of the following:
  • Surgery to seal the gum tightly around the tooth
  • Bone grafting to restore deteriorated bone tissue
  • Gum grafts to treat gum recession, as well as soft tissue recon touring to improve the appearance of gums
  • Use of night guards to prevent tooth grinding
  • Orthodontics
  • Periodontal adjuncts (application of Dentomycin or Gengigel prof)
  • Gum Disease Treatment at Diss Dental Health Centre

    If you have gum disease, effective treatment does exist and can help you prevent tooth and bone loss, as well as unsightly gum recession. Diagnosing gum disease early, and addressing it using simple methods like root planning and scaling, is much simpler and less painful than undergoing later-stage gum disease treatment. In deeper pockets it may be necessary to reduce the bacteria using antibiotics. When our patients have periodontal (gum) disease, we might use dentomycin in conjunction with root planning and scaling treatments, which lead to a marked reduction in bacteria in patients mouths. It has a positive anti-inflammatory action which allows the connective tissues to reattach back to the tooth. Gum disease treatment at our practice is administered in a peaceful atmosphere by dentists or hygienist who cares about your well-being. For anxious patients, sedation dentistry can free you from feeling anxiety or any discomfort during your treatment.

    Effective Periodontic Treatment with Dentomycin gel

    Dentomycin was launched in 1993 and has been successfully used in more than 1.3 million patients worldwide. It is a gel that contains an antibiotic (minocycline) which is active against the bacteria that cause periodontitis. Why is Dentomycin a gel? This allows the antibiotic to be applied directly into the pockets where bacteria are growing. This means we can get effective concentrations at the disease site and low concentrations in the bloodstream to reduce the risk of side effects.

    Is Dentomycin treatment painful?

    We generally give a local anaesthetic before the treatment so there should be no pain at all. We also generally do a small area at a time, so Dentomycin treatment will often involve more than one visit.

    What effect does Dentomycin treatment have?

    Clinical studies have shown that Dentomycin treatment reduces the bacteria that cause periodontitis and reduces the depths of pockets.These changes indicate an improvement in gum health.

    When is Dentomycin treatment recommended?

    Dentomycin is used when gum tissue has detached from the teeth to form obvious pockets. These sites are more likely to get worse than shallower sites. If Dentomycin is recommended it means that either the bone loss is severe or that the gum disease is particularly aggressive. The decision to recommend Dentomycin treatment is usually based on radiographic evidence and an examination. However, sometimes a visual inspection may give a big pointer. Our dentist or hygienist will check for pockets using a special probe, which is placed between the gum and tooth.

    What does Dentomycin treatment involve?

    Dentomycin is usually applied after scaling and root planing. The dentist or hygienist will apply Dentomycin to all affected sites; at each visit for a total of three to four visits. You shouldn’t brush, floss, eat or drink for at least two hours after Dentomycin

    Why can’t I have a simple scale and polish?

    We only prescribe Dentomycin if the extent and nature of the periodontal disease indicates it. We see a large number of new patients whose advanced gum disease has been treated by a quick polish every 6months. Their disease is not just advanced but they have no idea how serious it is. Tobacco not only make gum disease and cause staining, but it also stops the gums bleeding which is often the first sign of gum disease. This means that often the disease in smokers is much more advanced before it is diagnosed. Hence the reason why regular check-ups are so important A simple scale and polish is only indicated for patients with a small amount of disease or where the disease is under control.