Gum Treatment


Although gum disease can begin in childhood, chronic peritonitis typically affects adults only.



  • You may only have gum disease in one area of your mouth because crooked teeth are harder to keep clean.
  • Different types of bacteria live in each person’s mouth. This could explain why some people’s gum disease can worsen very quickly while others don’t.
  • Gum disease can get worse if you smoke and consume large amounts of alcohol. Both have connections to mouth cancer.
  • Your dentist will inquire about your general health because drugs and medications can have an impact on your gums.
  • Diabetes and a few other conditions can make bones and gums less resilient to damage.




No matter how strong and healthy your teeth are, they need to be supported by bone and healthy gums. You may develop periodontal disease, which could result in tooth loss and all the associated eating and speaking challenges.

Recently, researchers have found a connection between periodontal disease and coronary heart disease and stroke, particularly in those who are already at high risk for these conditions (through poor diet, smoking or high blood pressure).




Through the use of cutting-edge methods and top-notch materials, it is now possible to regenerate both soft (gum) and hard (bone) tissues in the mouth. In the past, there wasn’t much that could be done to reverse conditions like bone loss or receding gums in patients. However, we can now use a variety of methods to regrow soft tissues like bone.

Periodontal (gum) disease is primarily to blame for bone loss and receding gums. Periodontal disease is brought on by a variety of factors, including stress, genetics, pregnancy, puberty, medications, diabetes, teeth-clenching or -grinding, and poor nutrition. Individual areas of abrasion from overly vigorous toothbrush use can also cause receding gums.



Common symptoms of receding gums and bone loss are listed below.

  • You may notice that the teeth look longer than before or that the gum looks like it is pulling back from the teeth
  • You may notice a yellow edge at the margin of the tooth where it meets the gum (exposed tooth structure called Dentine)
  • You may suffer sensitivity at the gumline
  • You may notice deep pockets of gum forming in between the teeth
  • You may see or feel spaces between the teeth developing
  • You may notice a change in the way the teeth come together when you bite
  • Your teeth may be mobile (moving)
  • Your gums may be swollen, tender or bleed easily
  • You may suffer from bad breath or notice pus from the gum the gum




Although the best course of action is always a conservative and non-invasive one through preventative care, root planing, and routine dental exams, there are times when unhealthy tissue cannot be repaired in this way. The irreversible harm brought on by periodontal disease or tooth brush abrasion can now be treated with advanced methods and superior materials.

These comprise:

– Soft tissue transplants
– Crown-lengthening techniques
– Procedures for regeneration
– Procedures for reducing pockets (flaps)

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if you leave gum disease untreated?

If gum disease is left untreated it can progress and become periodontitis which is severe and can lead to pockets between the gums and teeth, pus in the gum and recession of the gums. This leads to bone deterioration which can eventually cause your teeth to become loose or even fall out.

Can severe gum disease be treated?

If gum disease has become very severe and regular cleanings cannot help then there are some other procedures which can help. In many cases pieces of the gum will be pulled back to expose the bacteria and then remove it. This gum is then put back into place. Gum grafts may also be an option where tissue is taken from another area of the mouth such as the palate and placed in areas of severe recession to protect the tooths root and bone structures.

What are the 4 stages of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is split into 4 different stages which are:

  1. Gingivitis
  2. Slight Periodontal disease
  3. Moderate Periodontal Disease
  4. Advanced Periodontal Disease

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

  • Red swollen gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath
  • A constant metallic taste or odour in the mouth
  • Visible plaque on the gumline
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

Can gums grow back after periodontal disease?

Unfortunately, once your gum has receded it will not grow back. Even though they cannot grow back it is important to ensure that the recession doesn’t progress. This is why good oral hygiene and regular deep cleanings are so important. In some cases, the treatment of gum grafting may be used. This is when gum is taking from another area of the mouth and placed in the area of recession to let it attach and grown as gum to protect the root of the tooth.

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