PRACTICE LOCATION

 

Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
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OPENING HOURS

 

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

  CONTACT

 

info@rivercitydental.com.au
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(07) 3667 9595
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Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Get directions

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

info@rivercitydental.com.au
Email us

(07) 3667 9595
Call us

Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Get directions

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

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Gum Disease Treatment and Prevention

At River City Dental, our professional dentists are experts in not only treating gum disease, but in detecting, diagnosing, and – importantly – preventing it. Gum disease is a serious dental concern as it can go undetected in the early stages and can lead to tooth loss if not detected and treated.

Gum disease can also be known as gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gingiva or gum tissue, and is caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth due to poor oral hygiene. While tender, puffy, bleeding, and swollen gums are usually signs of gingivitis, in its early stages these symptoms may not be obvious.

Treatment of gingivitis involves cleaning and plaque removal from the teeth and gumline by the dentist and the application of oral antiseptic rinses. Your dentist will also inform you of a plan for increased oral hygiene and care at home.

If untreated, gingivitis can worsen and develop into periodontitis, which is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontitis is inflammation of not only the gum tissue but also of the bone that holds teeth in place – the periodontium. Once this bone is weakened, the teeth will loosen and eventually fall out.

While gingivitis is considered mild gum disease, periodontitis is severe gum disease. While gingivitis can be treated, periodontitis is much more difficult to address and treatment needs to be more intensive. In periodontitis, pockets of bacteria form underneath the gum line and start to break down the bone holding teeth in place. Treatment consists of deep cleaning and scaling and then root planing, which is removing any rough spots on the teeth roots to prevent plaque and tartar collecting. It is also essential for the patient to commit to a strict at home plan of care – your dentist will offer advice on this.

In short the message is much the same as for all dental care. Prevention – that is, regular dental checkups and cleaning – is the best way to keep gum disease at bay and to address any small issues before they become large, painful, and expensive ones.

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Treatment of gingivitis involves cleaning and plaque removal from the teeth and gumline by the dentist and the application of oral antiseptic rinses. Your dentist will also inform you of a plan for increased oral hygiene and care at home.

If untreated, gingivitis can worsen and develop into periodontitis, which is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontitis is inflammation of not only the gum tissue but also of the bone that holds teeth in place – the periodontium. Once this bone is weakened, the teeth will loosen and eventually fall out.

While gingivitis is considered mild gum disease, periodontitis is severe gum disease. While gingivitis can be treated, periodontitis is much more difficult to address and treatment needs to be more intensive. In periodontitis, pockets of bacteria form underneath the gum line and start to break down the bone holding teeth in place. Treatment consists of deep cleaning and scaling and then root planing, which is removing any rough spots on the teeth roots to prevent plaque and tartar collecting. It is also essential for the patient to commit to a strict at home plan of care – your dentist will offer advice on this.

In short the message is much the same as for all dental care. Prevention – that is, regular dental checkups and cleaning – is the best way to keep gum disease at bay and to address any small issues before they become large, painful, and expensive ones.

Some frequently asked questions about gum disease treatment and prevention:

What are the main causes of gum disease?

Lack of oral hygiene is the major one. Eating causes bacteria to form sticky plaque on the teeth, and if not properly removed this hardens and turns into tartar. Tartar needs to be removed by your dentist. If tartar builds up, it can form on the teeth roots and compromise the bone structure that holds teeth in place.

What are some other causes of gum disease?

Other things that can lead to or exacerbate gum disease are smoking, diabetes, certain medications, and genetic susceptibility.

What are the most common symptoms of gum disease?

Generally, red, inflamed, sore and bleeding gums are the key signs, but other symptoms may be bad breath, sensitivity and pain when chewing. Any symptoms should be checked as soon as possible with your dentist.

What are the best ways to prevent gum disease occurring?

Overall good oral hygiene and prevention includingregular trips to the dentist for checkups and professional cleaning. Professional dental treatment should be supplemented by good oral care and hygiene at home, and your dentist will advise on this.

Is gum disease reversible?

With the proper professional treatment and at home care, gingivitis can usually be reversed. Periodontitis cannot be reversed, but it can be stopped from becoming worse. As with many dental conditions, early detection and treatment is vital for ongoing maintenance and prevention of more serious problems.

What are the best at home methods to guard against gum disease?

As we will advise you from your very first visit, a regular routine of twice daily brushing and flossing is essential. Correct brushing and flossing technique is also important, and a mouthwash my be recommended tofurther guard against bacteria that can turn into plaque. Your dentist will advise you on the best techniques and products.

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Dental Warnings:
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with this treatment option, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. River City Dental only provides care suitable to the individual patient, as no one dental treatment is suitable for each and every patient. Informed consent must be given by the patient after suitability for the dental treatment has been confirmed at extensive examination and consultation appointments. All photographs shown on this website are actual patients treated by Dr John Bacalakis and are for general purposes only. Individual patient results will vary.

River City Dental Dentist Brisbane Dr John Bacalakis

(07) 3667 9595

info@rivercitydental.com.au

Practice Location
River City Dental Indooroopilly
Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068

Opening Hours
Monday9am to 7pm
Tuesday9am to 5pm
Wednesday8am to 5pm
Thursday8am to 5pm
Friday8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

River City Dental Dentist Brisbane Dr John Bacalakis

(07) 3667 9595

info@rivercitydental.com.au

Practice Location
River City Dental Indooroopilly
Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068

Opening Hours
Monday9am to 7pm
Tuesday9am to 5pm
Wednesday8am to 5pm
Thursday8am to 5pm
Friday8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays