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Gum Disease Brisbane CBD Dentists

Gum Disease, also referred to as Periodontal Disease or Periodontitis, is defined as inflammation of the tissue around the teeth, often causing shrinking of the gums, loss of bone and loosening of the teeth.

General Dentistry

Periodontal Disease

As a condition, Gum Disease is THE biggest threat to tooth loss, multiple tooth loss and even entire teeth loss. This silent condition progresses without causing any pain. People are completely unaware of its existence most of the time.

Some of the signs of gum disease include:

  • Red looking gums,
  • Bad breath,
  • Loose teeth,
  • Long teeth, and/or
  • Tartar build-up around teeth.

As gum disease is a kind of inflammation, the body's immune system is constantly trying to fight against it. This, in turn, causes general ill-health. Research in the dental industry has also shown that Chronic Periodontitis is a known predisposing factor to Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stroke and Pre-term birth.

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Indications of Gum Disease

Red Looking Gums

Bad Breath

Loose Teeth

Tartar Build Up

Why did I get Gum Disease?

Most of the time, the client is not at fault. Gum disease is a genetic condition affecting only some of the general population. Poor oral hygiene habits do also contribute. Because most people do not floss twice daily, for example, this can make the condition considerably worse.

But most clients become very motivated to move across to the group of people who floss twice daily once they know about their condition, and this helps significantly with the management of gum disease.

Gum Disease Assessment & Consultation

Edward Street Dental has a very measured and specific approach to the management of Gum Disease. Every tooth is measured and assessed in six areas per tooth. After this assessment, clients are placed into one of two categories:

  1. Periodontal Therapy managed at Edward Street Dental, or
  2. Periodontal Therapy led by a Periodontist (Gum Specialist).

Following the assessment, the process will involve both a treatment phase to repair damage and a management phase for the patient to follow.

Gum Disease Treatment

If the client's condition is mild to moderate, Periodontal Therapy involves either one or two visits and generally requires the aid of local anaesthetic.  The treatment involves the same cleaning away of tartar build-up and stains, as happens in a check-up and clean visit. However, the build-up is mostly hidden deep under gums and can, therefore, take four times as long to remove.  This is mainly because the tartar build-up has a much stronger bind to the tooth root, deep under the gums.

For moderate to severe conditions, we will refer the client to a Specialist Periodontist. The same treatment is carried out with the same goals. Treatment almost always involves two to four visits using local anaesthetic.

After the treatment phase, clients are given a strict daily protocol.  This involves daily brushing, flossing and a specific prescription for mouthwash use.

Periodontal Therapy

Clients are usually recalled every three months for Periodontal Therapy maintenance.  This is a single visit involving the 'six points per tooth assessment' and the removal of tartar that has built up in the previous three months.  Resembling more of a check-up and clean visit, the maintenance phase feels more routine and easy for the client to manage.  The hardest part is now in the past.

I have Gum Disease. How long do I have to continue with maintenance?

Forever. It's that simple. Gum Disease or Periodontal Disease is a condition that lasts forever. To keep as many teeth for life, and to prevent the need for removable dentures, regular maintenance visits, twice-daily brushing and flossing will be required to continue forever.

Surveys show that only about one-third of the Australian population have regular Check-Up and Clean visits. This routine visit is performed with the specific intention to PREVENT Gum Disease. Regular check-up and clean clients present every six months without fail, and they do this to feel fresh and clean, and to also prevent complex conditions like Gum Disease.

If you are a sufferer of Gum Disease, once the initial treatment phase is completed, you simply just need to become like the elite one-third who present routinely on time, every time for maintenance. The only difference is the goal is to manage the gum disease and PREVENT loss of teeth.

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