Gum Disease Treatment in Letterkenny

What is it?

Root planing is ‘deep’ scaling to clean parts of teeth below the gum-line which cannot be reached with a toothbrush.

Gums can become diseased so that they look red and puffy. They will probably bleed when you brush. Painless gum ‘pockets’ start to form around the teeth and bone supporting the teeth is slowly lost.

Root planing cleans out these pockets and removes plaque and hard tartar from the tooth roots. It takes longer than a scale and polish and is often done under a local anaesthetic. Your mouth might be treated in sections, at more than one visit.

What does the dentist or dental hygienist do?

Dentists and hygienists use two types of tool for root planing:

Hand scalers come in different sizes and shapes to reach different parts of the teeth. This is why you will see the dentist or hygienist changing instruments quite often. Electric scalers vibrate very fast with water. The water is removed from your mouth using suction. A hand scaler is used to check whether the roots are completely clean.

After a tooth has been root planed, the pocket should shrink, making the gum sit closer to the tooth. You then need to be especially careful about cleaning the teeth above the gum-line. Root planing will probably need to be repeated regularly.

Treatment for Gum Shrinkage

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What is gum shrinkage?

Unfortunately as we age our gums shrink, even in a healthy mouth. There are a number of reasons why this process might be accelerated, for example if you have periodontal (gum) disease caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar, if you are grinding your teeth, if you have crowded teeth or you are cleaning your teeth too aggressively. Some diseases are responsible for gum loss too, and genetics can play a role.

What can be done to remedy gum shrinkage?

We can advise you on all the best ways to change your lifestyle to avoid gum shrinkage wherever possible. We will establish a healthy cleaning routine and perhaps fit you with a night guard against grinding. We can advise you on the particular foods you should avoid and give you a deep clean to prevent further periodontal disease diminishing what is left of your gums.

Gum Enhancement in Letterkenny

Are you afraid to smile because of uneven or oversized gums or what appear to be teeth that are too short? Do you feel self-conscious when you talk to others?
To achieve the ideal proportions between teeth and gum we sometimes need to alter the contour of the soft tissue around the necks of some teeth. This will have the effect of lengthening your teeth and creating a balanced and beautiful smile.

Will it be painful?

Our main concern is your comfort. We can provide local anaesthetic for this procedure and then sculpt a beautiful gum line that complements your teeth. We use a device that cuts into the soft tissue and cauterises as it goes, meaning there is hardly any pain or bleeding and far less risk of post-operative infection than with the conventional scalpel. In more complex cases we may need to do some slight alteration to the underlying bone support in order to remodel the tissues. Every case is individual. We will discuss all options with you thoroughly.

What are the benefits?

Gum disease will get worse if it is not treated. Because it is painless, it can become very bad without you noticing. When there is not enough supporting bone left, teeth become loose and eventually have to be taken out. Root planing can stop gum disease becoming worse and prevent tooth loss.

Like scaling and polishing, root planing helps you to keep your teeth and gums clean at home. Dentists and dental hygienists cannot keep your mouth healthy by themselves. Your own cleaning is just as important.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Gum disease manifests in two forms: gingivitis and periodontal disease. Gingivitis occurs when the gums become inflamed and bleed during brushing. If left untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease, wherein the tissues supporting the teeth become infected, sore, or swollen. Without timely intervention, periodontal disease may lead to bone loss and, ultimately, tooth loss. Early detection and proper treatment are essential to maintaining healthy gums and preserving your smile.
At some stage in life, many individuals may encounter gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. Hence, it is crucial to address gum disease promptly. As a gradual process, regular dental check-ups play a vital role in slowing it down, ensuring the preservation of your natural teeth for a lifetime. Let us help you safeguard your oral health and maintain a healthy, complete smile through proactive care and regular dental check-ups.
Plaque, a bacterial film that accumulates on your teeth’s surface, poses a significant risk for gum disease if left unattended. Consistent oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing and flossing, are essential to remove plaque buildup, effectively preventing the onset of gum disease. Embrace a diligent oral care routine to safeguard your gums and maintain a healthy smile.
Gum disease usually develops gradually and without pain, making it challenging to detect until related issues arise. Signs of gum disease may include abscesses, sore gums, and discharge of pus around the tooth. If left untreated, gum disease can result in loss of bone support and ultimately tooth loss. Addressing the problem promptly is crucial, as the longer it goes untreated, the more difficult it becomes to reverse. Regular dental check-ups and early intervention are key to preserving your oral health and preventing further complications.
During a routine dental check-up, your dentist can identify the presence of gum disease. If detected, a suitable treatment plan will be discussed and agreed upon. In cases of periodontal disease diagnosis, an x-ray may be necessary to assess the extent of any bone loss that has occurred, enabling our team to provide you with the most appropriate and effective care. Your oral health is our priority, and early detection ensures timely intervention to maintain a healthy smile.
Upon identification of gum disease, you will be referred to one of our skilled hygienists for a series of deep cleans and personalised guidance on proper oral hygiene practices. Subsequent appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure effective treatment of the disease. After the cleaning process is completed, you may also explore teeth-whitening options to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your smile. At River Forest Dental, we proudly offer this service to help you achieve a radiant smile that complements your improved oral health.
In certain cases, a more thorough cleaning of the tooth roots is necessary to eliminate any lingering bacterial elements. If this additional procedure is required, the patient will receive medication to numb the gums and ensure a comfortable treatment process. Your comfort and oral health are our top priorities, and we take every measure to provide you with the best possible care during your treatment at O3 Dental.
With timely identification and appropriate treatment, periodontal disease can be reversed and effectively managed through good home dental hygiene practices. However, it’s essential to be aware that certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, can hinder recovery. Additionally, smoking can also impact the reversal process. At O3 Dental, we emphasise the importance of maintaining a healthy oral care routine and addressing any contributing factors to ensure the best possible outcome for your gum health.

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