It is our utmost priority that our patients have a comfortable and positive experience. We understand that visiting the dentist makes some of us anxious, and it’s alright. Our friendly clinic staff and dentists will guide you every step of the way.
If you feel that your dental situation or pain requires immediate attention, don’t hesitate to call us to speak to our friendly staff. We take such cases seriously. During non-operating hours, please contact us at our emergency hotline!
Kong Dental clinics are equipped with advanced technology such as digital imaging, 3D printing, and computer assisted system CALAJECT™ (to deliver painless and gentle injections). Making use of such technology, we promise to provide personalised and effective care to each of our patients.
Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease and it is classified mainly into 2 types- Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and is caused by dental plaque or bacteria accumulating on the teeth leading to the inflammation of the gum.
Telltale signs of Gingivitis are gums that are Red, Swollen, or Bleeding.
In the absence of treatment, Gingivitis can progress into a “destructive” phase called periodontitis where the supporting tooth structure (alveolar bone) erodes and cause teeth to become loose. Over time, it results in tooth loss.
In recent years, Periodontitis has also been linked to systemic health- cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and even cancer (American Academy of Periodontology, 2012)
The best way to fight gum disease is prevention. We encourage patients to brush twice a day and floss at least once daily.
Biannual scaling and cleaning during routine visits to a qualified dentist is also instrumental in your oral health. It effectively and thoroughly cleans hard to reach areas and ensures early identification of any developing disease.
Another important step to preventing gum disease is having a healthy diet. Sodas, sweets and snacks between meals should be limited.
Gum disease can be diagnosed by our experienced dentists through examing the following factors:
— Space between your gums and teeth
— Measurement of gum recession
— Measurement of bone loss
— Tooth mobility
— Amount of inflammation present
Your treatment options for gum disease depend on the extent of disease development.
Our dentists always take a conservative approach and start with the least invasive options. If the tissue or bone surrounding your teeth becomes too damaged, it may be an indication for surgery to restore your gum and oral health.
Common treatments for gum disease include “Scaling and Root Planing.”
Scaling is when your dentist uses an ultrasonic device to remove all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) above and below the gum line, cleaning all the way down to the bottom of the tooth pocket. Root planing is when your tooth roots are smoothed out afterwards. This provides a healthy, clean surface that gum tissue can easily reattach to.
It is also known as deep cleaning and it involves the removal of the cementum of the tooth which is impregnated with bacteria and toxins that can cause inflammation Your dentist might recommend root planning if the shape of your tooth root makes it highly susceptible to trap plaque and bacteria or the root surface of your teeth is exposed and the gum around your tooth is very deep The cost of root planning is usually more expensive than scaling as it is a more complex procedure
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