Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, affecting the tissues supporting the teeth. As the condition gets worse, the bone anchoring the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.
Most people suffer from some form of gum disease, and it is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. However, the disease develops very slowly in most people, and it can be slowed down to a rate that should allow you to keep most of your teeth for life.
What Treatments are Needed?
Our oral hygienist gives your teeth a thorough clean. They will also show you how to remove plaque successfully yourself, cleaning all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly and effectively. This may take several sessions.
Once your teeth are clean, your dentist may carry out further cleaning of the roots of the teeth to make sure that the last pockets of bacteria are removed. They may refer you to a periodontist, who specialises in gum problems.
You’ll probably need the treatment areas to be numbered before anything is done. Afterwards, you may feel some discomfort for up to 48 hours. Periodontal disease is never cured, but as long as you keep up the home care you have been taught, any further loss of bone will be prolonged, and it may stop altogether.
You must make sure you remove plaque every day and go for regular check-ups with the dentist and hygienist.
With the oral hygiene at home, your teeth never feel quite as “polished” even with the electric toothbrush and dental brushes and a regular twice-daily routine. Thank you, Charlotte, for saving my teeth. My mother had lost all her teeth at my age now! – Caroline