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Periodontal treatment can save your gums

It's all about fighting off evil villains like gingivitis and periodontitis, which can lead to lost of your gums and supporting tissues.

Our periodontists will come to the rescue and use their superpowers to treat and manage these diseases.

So, sit back, relax, and let our periodontists take good care of you and your gums!

Stages of Periodontal Disease

Advanced Periodontitis


Gums are pink, firm, and do not bleed when brushed or flossed.


Gums become inflamed and may bleed easily during brushing or flossing. 

This stage of gum disease is reversible with good oral hygiene and professional treatment.

Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Bright red swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Halitosis (bad breath)


The supporting bone and fibers that hold the teeth in place begin to deteriorate, and pockets form between the teeth and gums. This stage of gum disease requires prompt treatment to prevent further damage.

Symptoms of Periodontitis include:

- Swollen, bright red gums
- Painful gums
- Bleeding gums
- Halitosis (bad breath)

- Receding gums (tooth appears longer)


Teeth lose more support as the bone and fibers continue to deteriorate, and teeth may shift or loosen. In severe cases, teeth may need to be removed to prevent further damage to the surrounding tissues or neighbouring teeth.

Symptoms of Advanced Periodontitis include:

- Severe bad breath (halitosis)
- Deepening pockets between teeth and gums
- Loose teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain while chewing
- Changes in bite

How are gingivitis and periodontitis treated?


For gingivitis, the primary treatment is focused on removing the plaque and tartar buildup from teeth through a process called scaling. 

Patients should practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, and may use an antiseptic mouthwash after meals. 

In some cases, antibiotics or prescription mouthwash may also be prescribed to help fight the infection. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also important in preventing and treating gingivitis.


Periodontitis treatment involves removing hardened plaque or tartar under the gumline. Scaling and root planing are used for non-advanced cases, while surgery may be needed for advanced cases. 

For advanced forms of periodontitis, treatment may required dental surgery.

Some of these surgeries include:

Gum Surgery

Your periodontist will have to make small incisions in your gums so that the roots are exposed. This allows them to clean the areas more thoroughly. Sometimes, bone grafting may be possible to restore loss bone.

Soft tissue grafts

As periodontitis may cause gum loss, soft tissues from the roof of your mouth can be grafted onto the exposed roots, preventing them from further loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can periodontitis be prevented?

Yes, periodontitis can be largely prevented through good oral hygiene practices such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, using an antiseptic mouthwash, and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Is scaling painful?

Scaling may be uncomfortable, especially if your gums are swollen and sensitive. However, your dentist or periodontist may use local anaesthesia to numb the area, so you shouldn't feel any pain during the procedure.

How long does it take to recover from periodontal surgery?

The recovery time for periodontal surgery varies depending on the type of procedure you have undergone. In general, you can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bleeding for the first few days after the surgery. Your dentist or periodontist will provide you with post-operative instructions and may prescribe pain medication to manage your discomfort. It's important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.


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