Gum Disease Treatment Leith Edinburgh
Gum Disease, also known as Periodontal Disease, is a disease of the tissues surrounding the tooth. The most common types of Periodontal Disease are Gingivitis and Periodontitis.
Gingivitits is the initial stage of the Periodontal Disease. It is a bacterial infection which affects the gingivae (gums) without causing damage to the bone. If left untreated ginigivitis may progress to periodontitis which is a bacterial infection of the tissues supporting the teeth that leads to bone loss and potential loss of your teeth.
What are the symptoms?
- Bleeding gums
- Swelling and redness of the gums
- Loose (wobbly) teeth which can lead to the tooth loss
- Bad breath
- Tenderness of the gums,
- Gum recession
- Drifting teeth
It is very common that the patient does not experience any pain while the Periodontal Disease is progressing and people of all ages can be affected.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by bacteria “plaque”. People who suffer from gum disease are more susceptible to the bacteria, which means that their body does not protect them from the toxic bacteria and allows them to cause damage to the tooth supporting tissues (gums, bone, ligaments).
Smoking is also a major factor contributing to the gum disease.
Gum disease has been linked to other medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis
Diagnosis of the periodontal disease
During your consultation with Dr Trocka periodontal charting of all the teeth is performed and diagnostic x rays are taken to assess if bone damage has occurred. The management of your gum condition and all the treatment options will be fully discussed.
Treating periodontal disease
There are different treatment approaches for treating gum disease depending on the stage of your gum disease, in other words how advanced is the disease and how much damage has been done.
For minor cases, a number of sessions with the hygienist will be needed to thoroughly clean all surfaces of your teeth.
More severe cases might need to be referred to Dr Trocka and depending on the complexity of the gum disease the treatment can vary from deep cleaning (Root Surface Debridement) to surgical treatment and bone regeneration.
At KF Dental Dr Trocka is using the latest protocols and equipment including dental laser in order to achieve the best possible outcome in restoring the health of your gums
Supportive therapy/maintenance therapy
Once your gum condition is stable, it is very important to maintain good oral health in order to reduce the possibility of the reoccurring of the gum disease.
Regular visits with our hygienist for scaling and polish are recommended. In this way you can have the best chance to prevent the disease from further progression and maintain healthy periodontal tissues protecting the longevity of the teeth.
Call the practice to make an appointment : 0131 554 5028