Gum disease is one of the two most common diseases that affect our oral cavity. This disease is a condition affecting the gum and bone surrounding the teeth. The disease does not produce obvious signs and symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced stage. In all stages of gum disease, patients usually suffer from bleeding gums as a result of bacteria causing damage to the gums.
Gum specialists (Periodontists) are specially trained dentists who can detect and treat the complete range of gum diseases.
What is Gum Disease?
In order to understand gum disease, we need to first understand the structures surrounding the tooth. The tooth is divided into the crown and the root. The root is surrounded by bone, which in turn is covered by gums. There is a space between the tooth and gums, called a pocket, which is present both in healthy and diseased states.
Gum disease originates from bacteria that gain entry into the pocket. When bacteria enter, they attack the gums. This causes injury to the gums, resulting in spontaneous bleeding or upon touching, pain, redness, and sometimes swelling.
If the bacteria harden to form tartar, it can spread deeper towards the bone and cause destruction of the bone and deepening of the periodontal pocket.
In the advanced stage of gum disease (periodontitis), the tooth has lost so much bone that it becomes shaky and may drift out of position. In the late stage of gum disease, the tooth can no longer be kept and has to be extracted.
Bacteria in the gums can enter our blood stream and be transported to the various organs in the body, like the heart, kidneys, womb etc. For example, harmful chemicals produced by the bacteria can increase the insulin resistance of diabetic patients and worsen the diabetic condition. It is also well established by the World Health Organization (WHO) that diabetes can lead to worsening of gum disease.
Benefits of Gum Treatment
1. Saving of teeth
2. Curing of bleeding gums
3. Elimination of bad breath
4. Better health through better gums...
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2. Initial gum treatment (Phase I)
3. Definitive gum treatment (Phase II)
4. Follow-up care
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FAQs on Gum Treatment
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The inevitable outcome of uncontrolled gum disease is tooth loss. Many of these teeth do not suffer from decay or fractures. They are either extracted because they are too loose and cause pain when eating or they can even drop out on their own. Gum treatment will be able save many of these teeth.
Bleeding from gums is one of the first few signs of gum disease. Many patients can experience bleeding on brushing or eating. In severe cases, bleeding can occur spontaneously.
Due to the build-up of food and bacteria under the gums, patients with gum disease often complain of bad breath. Sometimes, friends or family members can detect this problem as well. Successful treatment of gum disease can eliminate the problem of bad breath.
Untreated gum disease can allow bacteria to enter our blood stream and affect our health. Research had shown that patients with gum disease have increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-term birth etc. Hence it is important to have gum disease treated.
The cost of gum treatment is dependent on the following factors.
We encourage you to meet with our professionals to find out more about the dental treatments available for your condition, price ranges and other fees applicable.
2. Insurance claim
Please check with your insurance advisors with regards to your dental insurance coverage. Our patient care counselors will be able to assist with the details on the insurance claim forms, after which patients will submit these to their insurance companies. You may enquire through our website to check if your insurance company has an existing arrangement with our clinic.
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