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QUESTIONS ABOUT GUMS

What is periodontitis / gum disease?

Gum disease or Periodontitis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria in dental plaque. It causes irreversible erosion of the supporting gums and bones around the root of tooth/teeth, which may eventually lead to tooth/teeth loss.

The World Health Organization has labelled it as one of the top oral infections in the World, with over 50% of adults aged 30 years and older having some form of gum disease.

If you are worried you might be at risk for Periodontitis, click here to find out more

Periodontitis progression

Periodontitis progression

Gum disease or Periodontitis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria in dental plaque. It causes irreversible erosion of the supporting gums and bones around the root of tooth/teeth, which may eventually lead to tooth/teeth loss.

The World Health Organization has labelled it as one of the top oral infections in the World, with over 50% of adults aged 30 years and older having some form of gum disease.

If you are worried you might be at risk for Periodontitis, click here to find out more

What are the signs of periodontitis?

Periodontitis is often painless, but sufferers may notice bleeding during brushing, gum swelling and bad breath. Advanced periodontitis may lead to abscesses, loose teeth and eventually the tooth might drop out or need extraction.

Periodontitis is often painless, but sufferers may notice bleeding during brushing, gum swelling and bad breath. Advanced periodontitis may lead to abscesses, loose teeth and eventually the tooth might drop out or need extraction.

How does Periodontal disease affect my health?

Scientific studies have shown that periodontitis can have links with other conditions in our bodies. These include:

Diabetes

Arthritis

Heart Disease

Respiratory Disease

Adverse pregnancy outcomes (preterm or low birth weight)

Periodontal treatment will not only help manage your gum disease, but keep your body healthy as well!

What can I do if I suspect I have Periodontitis?

If you suspect you might have periodontitis or concerned about your gum health, it is important that you are diagnosed as soon as possible. Early detection of periodontal disease can lead to more successful treatment.

If you have any further questions about your gum health, please contact us

QUESTIONS ABOUT IMPLANTS

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a way of replacing missing tooth/teeth which can feel and look natural. It includes a titanium screw which is placed into the jaw bone to which the dentist attaches the crown.

Because it is secured into place by the bone, it does not come loose like a denture. It also does not involve anchoring to other teeth as a bridge, avoiding potential damage to them.

A dental implant is a way of replacing missing tooth/teeth which can feel and look natural. It includes a titanium screw which is placed into the jaw bone to which the dentist attaches the crown.

Because it is secured into place by the bone, it does not come loose like a denture. It also does not involve anchoring to other teeth as a bridge, avoiding potential damage to them.

Am I suitable for dental implants?

Dental implants are suitable for most people of all ages. However specialist treatment is recommended to increase the success rate for smokers, diabetics and those with untreated gum disease or periodontitis.

If you want to know if a dental implant is the right solution for you, please contact us

Dental implants are suitable for most people of all ages. However specialist treatment is recommended to increase the success rate for smokers, diabetics and those with untreated gum disease or periodontitis.

If you want to know if a dental implant is the right solution for you, please contact us

What is the success rate for dental implants?

The long term success rate for dental implants can be very high. However this requires that the owner keeps it clean with good oral hygiene and has regular maintenance with the dentist.

What complications can affect my dental implant?

Complications such as infection can occasionally affect dental implants. If pain, swelling or bleeding is noticed, make an appointment as soon as possible. Good oral hygiene and regular maintenance by a dentist can significantly reduce your implant risks.

If you are concerned about the health of your implants, please contact us

AM I AT RISK ?

The following points can increase a person's risk for gum disease or implant infection

I have bleeding and swollen gums

Bleeding and swollen gums are often a result of poor oral hygiene and are the first signs of gum disease. Good oral hygiene is important in disease treatment as well as prevention.

I am over 35 years old

Periodontal disease can affect everyone at any age, although you are more likely to develop it starting in your 30s.

I am a smoker

Smokers are 6 times more likely to develop periodontal disease and may also have poorer outcomes following treatment.

I have diabetes

Diabetes lowers the body's resistance to infections such as periodontitis.

I am pregnant

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make the gums more sensitive to plaque and increases your risk for gum disease.

I am constantly stressed

Long-term stress can weaken the immune system, resulting in an increased risk for gum disease.

I am taking medications

Certain medications have possible side-effects in the mouth, including reducing saliva or gum swelling. Make sure to inform your dentist about what medications you are taking.

I have a family history of periodontitis

An increased risk to periodontitis can be hereditary.