If gingivitis progresses to the more serious stage of periodontitis, your jaw bone and the supporting fibres holding your teeth will be permanently damaged. The seal between your teeth and gums is loosened, and ‘periodontal pockets’ form where bacteria thrive, causing further inflammation and damage. As these pockets become larger, your teeth will loosen and begin to shift, eventually falling out altogether.
Symptoms of periodontitis include bleeding, swelling and receding gums, together with bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, and teeth which are becoming loose. In this case, urgent dental treatment from Painfree Dentistry, together with improved oral hygiene at home, may help prevent further damage.
In our Parramatta dental clinic our dentist will examine and measure the spaces between your teeth and gums, to give us a clear idea of the health of your gums and supporting jaw bone. We will professionally clean your teeth to remove the plaque and calculus (hardened plaque) which are causing the inflammation, paying particular attention to any calculus deposits under your gums.
The Painfree Dentistry Parramatta team may also suggest more frequent appointments to monitor the health of your teeth and gums, deep planing and root scaling to thoroughly remove calculus, or surgical correction of bone loss in more advanced cases.
You can easily see why we strongly recommend you attend twice yearly examinations at Painfree Dentistry, to guard against the onset of gum disease