Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease. This is when the gums and teeth have developed an infection that causes the gums to become inflamed and sore, often bleeding. If you are showing signs of gum disease, it is advised that you seek out advice from your dentist so they can examine the signs and symptoms, and give advice on if any further treatment is needed.
If gum disease is left untreated and allowed to develop, the consequences can be quite severe for the sufferer. The worst case scenario is the teeth start to become loose and eventually start to fall out. The longer periodontal disease is left, it will also be more expensive and timely to treat.
Bacteria is the main reason behind gum disease. As bacteria grows on the surfaces of your teeth, they will start to turn into a substance known as plaque and tartar. This in turn then starts to attack and infect the gums and teeth. The longer this is left untreated, the signs and symptoms can get progressively worse.
When you are diagnosed with gum disease, a referral to a periodontist will be required. Periodontists are a specialist role in the dental field that focuses on the treatment of gum disease. Once you have seen a periodontist for a first appointment they will be able to analyse the severity/progression of your disease, and will then follow up with a proposed treatment plan (with associated costs) to treat your disease.
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease and would like to see a periodontist, please do not hesitate to call us today and we will be happy to start the process. If you haven’t been diagnosed but you are worried you are showing the signs of gum disease, we will be happy to book a general dental examine to have a look at your teeth and gums, identifying if you will need any further treatment. General oral hygiene and maintenance are key aspects at ensuring you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.