Periodontics Treatments for gum disease in Borough Green
Gum disease (gingivitis) is caused when bacteria in the mouth stick to the surface of the teeth and form plaque. The plaque can cause inflammation of the gums, resulting in a change of colour and texture. One tell-tale symptom of gingivitis is gums that bleed when brushing.
If left untreated, the gums and jawbone that anchor the teeth may start to erode, which is known as periodontal disease or periodontitis. In more advanced cases, this can result in severe gum pockets and bone recession, causing teeth to become loose and even fall out. Periodontal disease is best treated by a dental professional, with a combination of techniques to carefully clean the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from the affected teeth.
This treatment can have limitations, but our team has the skills and knowledge to apply more complex treatments should they be required.
Depending on the severity of your condition, we will develop a personalised programme to support your on-going care. You will be given full instructions in the oral hygiene procedures you need to follow and a home care programme will be recommended to ensure you maintain a healthy mouth. Although there is no cure for periodontitis, it can be controlled as long as you maintain a thorough and regular oral care routine to remove plaque on a daily basis. This should be supplemented by regular visits to the hygienist and dentist.
Endodontics Root canal therapy in Kent
Endodontics, also known as root canal therapy, focuses on treating disease, pain and injuries that occur in the root of the tooth when the pulp becomes infected. Root canal treatment is usually required when the pulp is infected, due to tooth decay or damage to the tooth. The procedure involves removing the infected pulp tissue from the root canals, cleaning it to ensure no infection remains and filling the space to seal it and protect the root canal from further infection.
Although it traditionally has had bad reputation, modern root canal treatment is normally painless and no more uncomfortable that having a filling.
Some patients may feel a slight discomfort after treatment, when the tooth might be a little sensitive for a few days. This discomfort is usually minor and can generally be relieved with over-the counter-medication, such as paracetamol.
Following treatment of the root, a permanent restoration is placed to seal and reinforce the tooth’s biting strength. This may be a filling, but is more usually a crown. Options will be discussed with you depending on your individual case.