Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth – a tooth coloured sticky substance made up of bacteria. It is usually removed by thorough, effective brushing and flossing but if allowed to build up causes gum irritation, inflammation and destruction of the supporting bone.
Gingivitis is the early presentation of gum disease. At this stage, the disease process is totally reversible with no long term permanent damage. Red swollen, inflamed gums that bleed on brushing usually resolves with correct hygiene procedures and techniques. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to Periodontitis.
Periodontitis is a more severe stage of gum disease. Here, inflammation that affected the superficial gum progresses to affect the deeper tissues that connect the tooth to the tooth socket and bone. Periodontitis causes a gap to develop between the tooth and the gum (a periodontal pocket) and a gradual loss of bone, which holds the tooth in place.
Gingivitis can usually be successfully treated with good oral hygiene. This includes effective brushing twice a day and flossing at least three times a week. After initial advice and simple therapy from a Dentist or Hygienist, this is something the patient does for themselves and “back up” is provided usually by a Hygienist, who monitors the disease progression and intervenes with help and further treatment as needed.
Periodontitis requires much more active treatment from a Dentist/Hygienist on a more regular basis. Deep gum pockets make it difficult, if not impossible, for a patient to clean thoroughly with a toothbrush and floss, but it still remains important in maintaining the conditions that the Hygienist provides. This “deep clean” below the gum line is often known as root surface debridement and often done under local anaesthetic.
Why should I choose to have this done at Holbrook Dental Practice?
We have been a private dental practice for almost 30 years and have provided exceptionally high quality dentistry and individualized patient care from the outset.
We have highly trained specialists and general dentists, who between them, can cover all aspects of dental care you may need. Our dentists are well known and respected clinicians and are at the forefront of their field. They are recognized trainers and devote a significant part of their time training dentists and specialists in Yorkshire and beyond.
We pride ourselves in getting to know all of our patients individually and have a warm, welcome, relaxed environment that makes you feel completely at home.
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