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Perlan Periodontal Suite

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Information for Patients - Periodontics

What is periodontal disease?

Often referred to as “gum” disease, periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease of the gums that results in the gradual and progressive destruction of the bone and ligament that hold the tooth in the jaw. It is caused by bacteria in plaque both above and below the gum line. If left untreated it can lead to the teeth becoming loose and having to be removed, or even falling out.

Periodontal diseases are usually slow in progressing and it can take a number of years for enough bone loss to occur for the teeth to become loose. However, the severity of the disease can vary from one person to another.

Treatment becomes more difficult as it progresses but it can be very successfully treated in the earlier stages. The initial treatment is carried out by the periodontist with help from the hygienist but the day to day care of your gums is up to you. The visits to our hygienists and their advice will help you maintain your teeth.

Regular removal of the plaque and calculus that causes gum disease will greatly reduce the risk of developing the destructive form of gum disease.

Periodontal Disease

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