Having Gum Problems?
80% of the population has gum disease – but new, improved treatment options ensure better outcomes and healing
Prolonged tartar build-up, which if not removed, will eventually cause inflammation of the gums; a disease called gingivitis. This causes the gums to look red rather than pink and may cause bleeding. Patients may notice blood on their toothbrush or in the sink when brushing their teeth.
“Just as you would not ignore blood seeping out of anywhere else in your body, you must not ignore bleeding gums. Simple treatments, as well as changes in hygiene habits, can cure gingivitis,” says Dr Kathrin Trelles, a leading Dubai-based implantologist cosmetic laser dentist and founder of state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny.
Dr Trelles adds: “Regular check-ups and hygiene appointments can help detect early signs of this disease and prevent its progression. At Vilafortuny, our hygienist will check for any early signs of gum disease when cleaning your teeth and removing tartar. If you are in early stages of gum disease, the hygienist may recommend a deep scaling and root planning, which removes tartar and toxins from under the gum line, creating a clean environment and an opportunity for your gums to reattach to the teeth’s surface.”
Unfortunately, in susceptible patients, gingivitis may eventually progress to periodontitis, which is the dissolving of the bone around the teeth. As the disease progresses, the teeth gradually lose support, become loose and fall out.
Periodontitis, unlike gingivitis, is not reversible but its progression can be minimised. If your periodontal disease is in moderate to advance stages your hygienist may suggest a more comprehensive treatment such as insertion of a periodontal chip or laser treatment.
The Perio Chip has been shown to be a very effective and safe adjunctive treatment for reduction of pocket depth when used along with scaling and root planning. Meanwhile, recently, the use of laser is increasingly becoming a part of the periodontitis treatment. Laser is supposed not only to eliminate bacteria but also to inactivate bacterial toxins within root cementum. The effectiveness of scaling and root planing in the treatment of periodontal disease together with laser appears to better treatment outcomes and improve the healing process of chronic periodontal pockets.
“At Vilafortuny we treat patients with periodontal disease on a daily basis by following a strict protocol and an executed treatment plan from our team of hygienists, who work in close cooperation with our patients,” says Dr. Trelles.