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Gum Disease Treatment

Good oral health is not just about your teeth. Looking after your gums and keeping them healthy is just as important. Poor gum health can lead to issues with your teeth and body. By looking after your gums and teeth, you can maintain a good standard of overall oral health. Recent research has shown that healthy gums and oral tissues may reduce the risk of developing a range of serious health issues such as heart disease, alzheimers, cancer and respiratory disease.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It is caused by poor dental hygiene and can lead to hardened plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth. Plaque and tartar contain bacteria which will irritate your gums and lead to gingivitis. If you do not seek gum disease treatment in Double Bay or Elizabeth Bay while still at the gingivitis stage, it may lead to periodontitis, which is when the bone below your gums becomes infected and can cause your gums and jaw bone to recede.

What Factors Lead to Gum Disease?

There are several things which may increase your risk of developing gum disease in Double Bay. These include:

  • Poor oral hygiene practices
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Hormonal imbalances such as those found in pregnancy or puberty
  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Uneven teeth
  • Cancer and some cancer medications or treatments

How Can I Treat Gum Disease?

If your dentist decides you need gum disease treatment in Double Bay, the specific treatment depends on several factors including the stage of your gum disease, if you have had previous treatment and any other health issues. At Bay Dental Studio, we provide non-surgical and surgical options.

What is Non-Surgical Treatment?

If Dr Yee identifies the early stages of gingivitis, he will recommend regular professional cleaning, perhaps 2-3 times per year, as well as giving you advice on self-care. If the gingivitis is more advanced, then he may suggest scaling or root planing, which is a “deeper” cleaning of plaque and tartar below or under your gums.

What is Surgical Treatment?

If your gum disease near Potts Point is more advanced, Dr Yee may recommend flap surgery to reduce the tartar build-up beneath the gums. This procedure involves lifting the gums away from the teeth to clean underneath the gums thoroughly. The gums are then placed back tightly against the teeth to reduce the areas where bacteria can hide. This treatment can also prevent advanced periodontal disease from spreading into the jawbone.

How Can I Treat Gum Disease?

If your dentist decides you need gum disease treatment in Double Bay, the specific treatment depends on several factors including the stage of your gum disease, if you have had previous treatment and any other health issues. At Bay Dental Studio, we provide non-surgical and surgical options.

What is Non-Surgical Treatment?

If Dr Yee identifies the early stages of gingivitis, he will recommend regular professional cleaning, perhaps 2-3 times per year, as well as giving you advice on self-care. If the gingivitis is more advanced, then he may suggest scaling or root planing, which is a “deeper” cleaning of plaque and tartar below or under your gums.

What is Surgical Treatment?

If your gum disease near Potts Point is more advanced, Dr Yee may recommend flap surgery to reduce the tartar build-up beneath the gums. This procedure involves lifting the gums away from the teeth to clean underneath the gums thoroughly. The gums are then placed back tightly against the teeth to reduce the areas where bacteria can hide. This treatment can also prevent advanced periodontal disease from spreading into the jawbone.

Contact Us

At Bay Dental Studio, in Elizabeth Bay, we want to help you achieve your oral health goals and prevent issues like gingivitis from becoming a serious problem. If you think you may have gingivitis, please make an appointment with us as soon as possible by calling us on (02) 9158 6723.