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Periodontitis is inflammation of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It is one of the most common human diseases. As the disease progresses, chronic inflammation causes the bone of the jaw to be destroyed and the teeth to be lost. In many people, this is a gradual process that takes place over many years and, if detected and treated, can be halted.
How is periodontitis treated?
With careful assessment and treatment, it is usually possible to completely halt the progress of periodontitis.
C O N S U L T A T I O N
During a Periodontal Consultation Emma Redmond will first explain the causes of your periodontitis and explain exactly how to keep your teeth and gums clean. You will be given individual advice on how to use the various cleaning aids most effectively; for example, the most appropriate tooth brushing technique and the correct use of dental floss and interdental brushes.
T H E P R O C E D U R E
Soft deposits will be removed from accessible areas of the teeth, bacterial deposits and tartar will be removed from the root surfaces and gingival pockets.Further cleaning may be required and carried out in several visits.
In some cases antibiotics are prescribed to deal with active or persistent gum infections, which have not responded to oral hygiene measures.
R E A S S E S S M E N T
Emma will make a full assessment of your gums to check the progress of your treatment and treat further if necessary.