At Harbourside Dental in North Sydney, we want to keep your oral health on track! Ask us about our gum disease treatment and prevention services.
The term "soft tissue management" refers to an individualized gum health plan to help you maintain healthy gums for a lifetime. It typically includes treatment and preventive elements.
During your regular check up, our dentist and hygienist will check your gums for areas that are infected or inflamed (also known as periodontal pockets). These periodontal pockets can be a sign of gum disease.
Our hygiene team will work with you to develop an effective soft tissue management plan that is tailoured to your individual needs. Some of the effective treatments we recommend include more frequent appointments with our skilled dental hygienists, root planning and scaling, specific home care routines, antibiotics, and, in some cases, surgical procedures.
The goal of a soft tissue management plan is to control periodontal disease (gum disease). The treatment plan aims to eliminate inflammation and infection in the gums and on root surfaces, resulting in healthy gums that are not tender or inflamed and do not bleed, reduce pocket depths and control periodontal disease.
Gum disease can cause tooth loss in adults. Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) results from a bacterial infection in the gums. When a patient has gum disease, infection and inflammation in the gums, it destroys the tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth.
Gum disease often develops in the early stages with no symptoms. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, swollen gums, tender gums, mouth sores, gums that appear bright purple or red-purple, and persistent bad breath. Over time gum disease can lead to receding gums, bone loss, and loss of teeth in the affected area.
Since gum disease can develop and show no symptoms, it is very important that you have regular oral hygiene check ups. Our warm and caring team will examine your gums and confirm whether you have gum disease and help decide the best treatment for you. If you have receding, bleeding or swollen gums, visit us today.
Treatment will depend on the severity of your gum disease. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan to address your particular needs. Possible treatments can include more frequent visits with our dental hygienist, changes to your at home dental hygiene routine, or in-office procedures.
In severe cases, surgery may be recommended. As always, our friendly office staff will always be pleased to answer any questions you might have about bleeding or receding gums.
Gum disease is almost always preventable! The best way to avoid the discomfort and serious risks of gum disease is excellent oral hygiene. Our friendly team will be more than happy to show you the steps you can take at home to prevent gum disease.