Moderate Gum Disease

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a serious infection that affects the tissues that surround the teeth: the gums, but most importantly the bone that supports the teeth.

During moderate and severe gum disease (called moderate or severe periodontitist) the bacteria peals back the gum seal around the tooth. They start to attack the bone foundation and gum recession starts to occur. The reason for this is because the bone sets the tone for the soft gum tissue. Also some teeth are more susceptible to gum disease and we will examine this for you.

If periodontal disease is left untreated it may lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is thought to account for up to 30-35% of all tooth extractions.

Since periodontitis is painless most of the patients simply ignore the fact that they have the disease, until it is too late. 

 

Symptoms 
One should ask for dental advice, if some of the following symptoms are present:

Redness, swelling and tendency of the gums for bleeding
. However these symptoms are usually “covered”, in smokers due to the effect of smoking to the soft tissues.  

Bad breath (breath malodor). 
One of the main complains of patients with periodontal disease is bad breath. People who believe that they have bad breath can adopt avoidance patterns and have psychological problems. Findings from many investigations documented that the majority of cases with malodor relate to the oral cavity. The reason is that a number of bacteria that are related to gingivitis and periodontitis can produce hydrogen sulfide and methylmercaptan from substances that are present in the oral cavity.

Gum retraction/recession. 
In some cases, due to bone loss, there is retraction of the gums because they lose their support. Retraction of the gums is not always due to periodontal disease, but in many cases is due to very aggressive toothbrushing.

Tooth mobility. 
There can be different reasons for tooth mobility. One of the most common reasons is periodontal disease. Obviously, since the bone is destroyed, the support of the teeth is decreased.

Tooth migration
. You may notice that there is an increasing gap between your front teeth and that your teeth have changed the position that they originally had. Tooth migration happens due to the loss of the supporting tissues of the teeth. 

“I am delighted with the treatment for my gum disease.  The care I have received so far from Dr Singh was fantastic.  He used lasers to get rid of my gum disease.  My gums have feel tighter and better and do not bleed any more with the treatment.”

                                                      Kerry Anne

 

When bacteria, plaque and tartar is removed you get fresher breath and talk confidently to work colleagues and family members.

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