Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
The phrase“long in the tooth” is a common one – and people think that they should naturally lose their teeth as they get older – but this need not be the case!!True, people do become more prone to gum disease
as they get older and therefore more at risk of losing their teeth, but this doesn’t mean that nothing can be done about it!
About Periodontal Diseases
Approximately 80% of the population have some form of periodontal disease
, also known as gum disease or pyorrhoea. These diseases are often painless until the much later stages, and therefore can go undetected until it is too late to save the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can destroy the bone and tissues that surround and support the teeth, causing them to become loose and painful, and eventually be lost, even though the teeth themselves may be healthy.
About Gum Recession
The two main causes of receding gums
are gum disease (periodontitis), and trauma from toothbrushing. Some people are more susceptible than others, particularly if their gums are thin and local factors such as a fraenum (a little fleshy tissue muscle attachment) can also contribute to local recession.There is some evidence that grinding and clenching may also give the appearance of receding gums, when in fact it causes micro-fractures with enamel at the gum line ‘falling off’ making the teeth look longer.
Gum Disease and General Health
Periodontal disease (infection of the gum and bone
around teeth) once thought to be associated with the inevitable consequence of aging has had much research invested in it. We have now come to learn that there are many risk factors and risk-indicators associated with it. But also, periodontal disease is linked to many other diseases of the body.
Signature Periodontal Examination
At Al-Fa Perio your oral health is very important to us and we believe the best way to achieve this is to properly and fully understand the basic foundation of your teeth, gums, jaw bones and mouth right from the beginning.
About Maintenance Therapy
What is it?This consists of four main stages:1 Reassessment
– This involves assessments of the periodontal status, including repeat measurements of pockets, bleeding, recession, mobility and oral hygiene levels. 2 Diagnosis– based on the measurements taken, we can diagnoses disease that may have relapsed, or detect new disease. By complying with recommended maintenance intervals, this can be found early, thereby avoiding the need for extensive repeat treatment. 3 Treatment – any remaining pockets (either existing or relapsed) are rescaled, sometimes with the use of local anaesthetic.
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