Hygiene appointments help to prevent gum disease progressing to the more aggressive stage, periodontitis. Hygienists can manage periodontitis but in some cases, a referral is still needed to help manage the condition and prevent it from causing any more damage to your gums, teeth and jaw.
Periodontitis is not curable, but regular periodontal maintenance appointments can treat it. At this stage of gum disease, only a very deep clean (known as root planing) can reach the affected areas around the root and under the gum line.
Root planing removes tartar and plaque from the roots of the teeth under the gum line. Local anaesthetic helps to reduce any discomfort brought on from this thorough clean. More complex cases may require a referral to a periodontist.
Gum (gingival) surgery
Gum disease can cause gums to recede to the point that they expose the tooth root. Not only does this make the teeth more sensitive, it can cause the teeth to lose stability. Gum grafting helps to replenish receding gums and give teeth that much needed stability.
Similarly, periodontists can provide a gingivectomy which involves removing excess gums. It can be a cosmetic option for when patients are self-conscious about a gummy smile.
Gingival surgery is carried out by a specialist Periodontist, and will require a referral. Please contact us for more information.