Periodontal or gum treatment is a treatment aimed at preventing and addressing gum-related concerns. This proactive approach focuses on preventing, managing and treating conditions affecting the gums and surrounding structures.
Periodontal treatment works with issues like:
The treatment includes both non-invasive methods and more invasive methods.
|Invasive Methods||Non-Invasive Methods|
|Gum Surgery||Professional Teeth Cleaning|
|Gum Grafting||Scaling and Root Planing|
|Pocket Reduction Surgery||Laser Gum Therapy|
|Crown Lengthening||Antibacterial Mouthwash|
|Bone Grafting||Topical Antibiotics|
|Gum Contouring||Oral Hygiene Practices|
The primary goal of periodontal treatment is to restore and maintain optimal gum health, ensuring the stability and longevity of your teeth.
Gum disease is a disease that emerges when harmful bacteria from plaque infect the gums and bone surrounding your teeth.
Ignoring gum disease can lead to tooth decay and potential tooth loss.
Gum disease is often caused by the following reasons:
One of the initial signs of gum disease is gingivitis, which is characterised by gums that appear red, swollen, and prone to bleeding when brushing or flossing. This early stage is often accompanied by bad breath that persists despite oral hygiene efforts.
As gum disease progresses, symptoms may escalate. Pockets can form between the teeth and gums, creating spaces where bacteria accumulate, leading to infection. Gums might recede, making teeth appear longer and causing tooth sensitivity, especially to hot or cold temperatures. The gumline may also feel tender or painful to the touch.
In more advanced stages of gum disease, the bone supporting the teeth can start to deteriorate. This can result in teeth becoming loose or shifting in position. Changes in bite alignment or the fit of dentures may also occur.
The impact of gum disease can extend beyond your mouth. Studies have linked gum disease to systemic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and even pregnancy complications.
Determining the severity of gum disease requires a professional assessment by a dentist or periodontist.
Using X-rays and clinical examinations, they evaluate factors like:
All of the above and:
At Kong Dental, our approach to examining and consulting on gum disease cases is thorough and personalised.
We begin with a comprehensive oral assessment, evaluating factors like gum health, plaque buildup, and overall oral hygiene.
Our experienced dental professionals conduct detailed examinations and use advanced tools, such as X-rays, to assess the extent of gum disease. During the consultation, we engage in open discussions to understand your concerns and medical history.
Based on the findings, we tailor a treatment plan that suits your unique needs, ensuring effective gum disease management. Your consultation experience at Kong Dental is designed to provide clarity, guidance, and a roadmap to improved gum health.
Gum disease is diagnosed at Kong Dental using the following methods:
Administered with local anaesthesia, the procedure does a meticulous cleaning of gums with ultrasonic scalers and hand instruments.
The procedure eliminates plaque and tartar beneath the gum line. The instruments also help smoothen out rough patches on the root surfaces, enhancing overall oral cleanliness and health of the treatment area.
Gum contouring is performed with local anaesthesia or intravenous sedation. This procedure is a minor surgical procedure involving the repair of the infected area with gum tissue from another mouth region.
Over the course of approximately six weeks, the transplanted gums meld together. The result of gum contouring is alleviated tooth sensitivity and the mitigation of potential tooth loss.
Pinhole gum rejuvenation involves making a small hole in the receding gum tissues. Collagen strips are then inserted into this opening to stabilise the gums and facilitate the growth of new tissue, effectively anchoring the gums in their new position.
The cost of gum treatment in Singapore can vary depending on:
At Kong Dental, basic treatments like scaling and root planing might cost around SGD$125 – $155 per quadrant. Extensive procedures such as gum surgery, tissue grafting, or laser therapy can increase the cost per quadrant.
If you are worried about the cost of treatment, we offer dental insurance-covered treatments. This might be able to help reduce the financial burden of getting gum treatment.
For a more accurate cost estimate for gum disease treatment, schedule a consultation with a dental professional at Kong Dental.
Mouthwash can play a supportive role in managing periodontal disease, but it is not meant to be a standalone solution.
Using an antimicrobial or therapeutic mouthwash as recommended by your dentist can help reduce bacteria that contribute to gum disease. These mouthwashes can reach areas that brushing and flossing might miss, aiding in controlling plaque and gingivitis.
However, while mouthwash can offer temporary relief, it definitely does not replace proper oral hygiene practices like brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings.
For advanced periodontal disease (periodontitis), a dentist may prescribe a specialised mouthwash containing prescription-strength antimicrobial agents to complement comprehensive treatment.
It is essential to consult your dentist for personalised guidance on incorporating mouthwash into your oral care routine and addressing the specific needs of your periodontal health.
Using hydrogen peroxide for gum disease treatment can help, but should not be the sole step in your gum disease treatment.
Hydrogen peroxide has antimicrobial properties that may help reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth, aiding in gum disease management. Diluting hydrogen peroxide with water is recommended to prevent irritation. Rinsing with the solution for a brief period, followed by thorough rinsing with water, can assist in controlling bacteria.
However, it is still important to note that hydrogen peroxide should not replace professional dental care. A dentist can assess your gum health, recommend appropriate treatment, and provide guidance on using hydrogen peroxide safely.
Overuse or incorrect application can lead to tissue damage or unintended side effects. Therefore, before considering hydrogen peroxide as a gum disease treatment, consult with your dentist to ensure it aligns with your individual oral health needs.
While addressing gum disease without a dental professional is not recommended, you can take supportive measures at home. Here are some of them:
It is key to note that these home remedies are not substitutes for professional treatment. Gum disease often requires tailored intervention from a dentist or periodontist.
Only dental professionals are able to accurately diagnose the severity and provide comprehensive treatment plans to reverse the impact of gum disease. Seeking professional care ensures effective management and prevents potential complications associated with untreated gum disease.
There are many potential benefits to gum disease treatment. The most important one to patients is the restoration of a healthy and beautiful smile.
Gum disease treatment:
While gum disease treatment is generally safe and effective, just like any other dental procedure, there are potential risks involved if done by an inexperienced dental professional.
Following procedures like deep cleaning or gum surgery, temporary sensitivity or discomfort may occur. Infections might arise if post-treatment care is not meticulous.
In rare cases, procedures could lead to bleeding, swelling, or numbness
Preparation for gum disease treatment is simple and involves only a few key steps:
Step 1: Prioritise oral hygiene by brushing and flossing diligently before the procedure.
Step 2: Inform your dentist about your medical history, medications, and allergies to ensure a safe and tailored approach.
Step 3: If sedation or anaesthesia is involved, follow any fasting or medication guidelines provided. Arrange for transportation if necessary.
Step 4: Stock up on soft, nutrient-rich foods for post-treatment meals.
Step 5: Clear your schedule to allow for recovery time.
Being well-prepared ensures a smoother treatment experience and optimal results.
The recovery period following periodontal treatment varies based on the specific procedure. After less invasive procedures like scaling and root planing, most patients experience minimal discomfort and can resume regular activities immediately.
Surgical treatments might require a few days of rest and cautious eating. Complete recovery can take a few weeks, during which swelling and sensitivity diminish gradually.
Post-periodontal treatment care is essential for optimal healing. If you have undergone periodontal treatment, it is crucial that you:
You should contact your periodontist or dentist if you experience persistent bleeding, severe pain, swelling, or adverse reactions to prescribed medications.
Reach out if you notice any unusual changes in the treated area or if your overall condition worsens.
In case of unexpected complications, prompt communication with your dental professional ensures appropriate guidance and timely intervention, enhancing your recovery process.
Choosing gum disease treatment at Kong Dental means getting treatment tailored to your needs and budget. As a trusted family dentistry clinic in Singapore, we are passionate about the oral health of you and your loved ones.
Our commitment to affordability ensures that our services cater to patients within the heartland, making comprehensive oral care accessible to all.
At Kong Dental, you're not just a patient – you're family. Experience top-notch gum disease treatment that combines expertise, affordability, and a caring approach.
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