Most of us suffer from some level of gum problems in our life-time. Periodontitis is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults, and is particularly prevalent in smokers and those with complicating diseases such as diabetes and osteoporosis. There are also some individuals who are genetically predisposed to developing this disease.
Periodontitis affects the supporting tissues holding the teeth in place and can cause the gums to start separating from the teeth and reducing the supporting bone resulting in tooth loss.
Red, swollen, tender, receding and bleeding gums may be a sign of gum disease. This is often associated with constant bad breath or bad taste and loose teeth to a varying degree.
Maintaining healthy gums has become an important part of a modern healthy lifestyle. Current scientific literature shows a link between periodontal disease (i.e. gum) and cardiovascular disease, as well as conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease, diabetes, pancreatic cancer, chronic kidney disease, respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive impairment, metabolic syndrome, menopause and even as a risk factor for Covid-19 complications.
Root planning or "deep cleaning" of the root surface may be indicated with antibacterial medicaments placed in the pockets alongside an improvement of your oral hygiene. This may be over multiple sessions.
Patients may not be aware or exhibit all the above symptoms, therefore we monitor and record the gum health for every patient and can monitor and stage the level of active gum disease over time.
Periodontal treatment at Kingston Dental Clinic also includes a vast list of surgical and non-surgical procedures to improve results for gum health, dental implants, restorative treatment, teeth straightening, cosmetic treatment, tissue regeneration, among others.
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