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Your London Gum Specialist

17th May 2022

Your London Gum Specialist

The number one reason why people lose their teeth is not because of cavities but because of gum or periodontal disease.  By reading this, you are already aware of how important your gums are, so let us help you achieve your smile goals. When you don’t brush, floss or clean your teeth well enough, all the bacteria hang out along your gum line and creeps below the edges. Within a week of poor homecare and bad brushing and flossing, you will start to see swelling and redness on your gum.

Truth is, we all have bacteria in our mouth but some people have bacteria that can be very aggressive and this bacterium is not controlled by regular brushing and flossing as it migrates down to the gum tissue. When the immune system tries to remove this bacterium, sometimes bones can be lost from around the teeth as well. When this happens, you may have to be referred to a gum specialist. Our gum specialists at RW Perio focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases and are committed to ensuring that you are comfortable throughout your treatment.

Consultation

It is recommended that you visit your dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleaning. If it has been six months since your last dental checkup, it’s time to visit your gum specialist or dentist. Understand that we are committed to providing you and your household with safe and high-quality dental care.

You may need to meet with your dentist and discuss your individual treatment plan, and help you answer any questions that you may have. You do not need to feel anxious about seeing a gum specialist. It is your gum specialist’s goal to make you feel comfortable visiting the clinic while providing the best care possible. Appointments at the clinic may last between 45 to 90 minutes.

Periodontal therapy

Depending on how severe your gum or periodontal disease is, you will need some kind of therapy. For instance, you may need to do a deep cleaning. Deep cleaning is done in two visits, focusing on one side of the mouth at a time. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, there are a number of methods to help you get the cure for the problem. Invasive options which are normally non-surgical can help clean your teeth and strengthen your gum.

One of those options includes scaling and root planning which involves the use of an ultrasound cleaning device. This device is used to remove plaque from your teeth and in areas such as the gum line and the root of the tooth. To get a healthy clean surface, the rough surface of the tooth and its root are planed or smoothed out. Scaling and root planning may be the only treatment you need if you address your gum diseases before they become severe. After a successful process, be sure to properly clean your teeth to avoid developing gum diseases again and again.

After getting gum treatment you will visit the gum specialist again after 4-6 weeks and they will reevaluate your gum and maybe when you’re clean you can do a six-month visit to the clinic.

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Periodontal maintenance cleaning

If your periodontal disease is very severe and to avoid extractions, your dentist or gum specialist might be able to add to the supportive tissues around your tooth by placing a graft or using a laser for periodontal regeneration. These are normally used for people with very aggressive periodontal disease.

Surgical treatment options are available to prevent severe damage and restore a healthy smile. Your teeth are firmly surrounded by gum tissues that are damaged by periodontal diseases and a flap surgery may help. During the process, the gum tissue is folded back and bacteria hiding underneath is removed. Tissues that are too damaged to survive are then removed as the healthy tissue is sewed back into place. Bone and tissues supporting the teeth which have been lost due to severe gum disease can also be restored through a regeneration procedure. Otherwise, performing a bone graft to help renew bone growth can be an option.

As gums recede, more of the roots are revealed which can make the teeth appear longer and can also create teeth sensitivity to hot and cold liquids. Another procedure that can be used to help solve this aspect of periodontal disease is the soft-tissue graft, although it can also be performed for cosmetic reasons. This procedure involves covering the roots and restoring the gum line to its original healthy location.

After your deep cleaning is completed, you want to see your dentist for maintenance cleaning for about 3-4 months to prevent relapse of symptoms.

Proper Homecare

Clean your teeth as often as you can while listening to the exact homecare instructions your gum specialist recommended for you and what they felt is best for your individual routine. Commit to brushing at least two times a day. It is not a one size fit all and everyone will differ from the type of home care.

In order to prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. Be sure to brush the top surface of your tongue as this will remove extra food particles while helping you keep a fresh breath.

Extra Medication

In order to proudly achieve beautiful smiles and beautiful natural smiles and the benefits that come with it, your gum specialist will take you through maintenance treatments for optimal dental health. Some forms of medication may include, tray whitening teeth whitening strips and paint-on teeth whitening. Professional tray whitening usually takes ten to fourteen days to show results although you may notice results within three to five days. The least expensive options are toothpaste and mouth wash which are designed to have whitening capabilities as they are designed to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. The use of medication such as antibiotics or mouthwash may be prescribed for treatment along with other forms of treatment. Cosmetic dentistry is different from the general dental care that your gum specialist may offer.

Contact us

Many are anxious when it comes to contacting a gum specialist who can provide the care and support needed for a healthy smile. If you would want to schedule an appointment for your teeth whitening and gum disease treatment, contact a gum specialist or a dentist from our clinic. Using our online booking system will be an added advantage to getting a quicker response from our professional gum specialist.

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