Recurring Gum Disease and Dental Gum problems through Covid-19
For 2021 onwards, would you like more detailed information or advanced gum treatments for recurring gum diseases and gum problems, Bleeding Gums, periodontal abscess, gum pockets, plaque, antiseptic in mouthwashes, scaling, bad breath, halitosis or repeat gum infection treatment options, before it's too late and you have to lose some, most or maybe ALL of your teeth?
Gum diseases and bad breath causes can now be treated, retreated AND kept away, or dramatically slowed down but very often this requires additional help and more regular deep gum cleaning treatments too!
CORONA VIRUS & LOCKDOWN UPDATES - We are open and now treating all patients from Monday 4th Jan. 2021, though we continue operating a reduced service through 2021, during this unprecedented crisis.
We have been very busy still working through backlogs of emergency & vulnerable patients at our Practice, to reach those now waiting for more advanced, routine and needed if not yet urgent gum care.
Please remember even since March ALL our registered patients had access to our advice and care remotely by phone and Online means, until the worst effects of this crisis passes. You must complete our online triage questionnaires for your protection and our Staff and you will see we are adopting additional precautions and PPE etc, despite continued shortages and additional costs to us.
We also provide SARS Covid-2 Antibody testing (high specificity) or/and Antigen testing (results chairside in only 15mins!) as appropriate for all staff and patients seen currently at our Practice, to maximise safety for all.
We can only see patients not suffering the Covid19 illness, to protect everyone including staff.
There are local Urgent Referral Centres being set up so please call 111 if you have any Covid19 symptoms and a dental Emergency or Urgency that cannot wait or if you are NOT a patient of ours.
Our Dental Practice is one of the safest places to be outside of your own home generally. Please leave your details on our answer machine by calling 01535644005. There are already waiting lists for routine appointments and we apologise for any temporary inconvenience.
However if you are already ill or have symptoms of fever and dry cough and/or have had contact with someone who has had such symptoms, then please self-isolate at home and call NHS 111 for advice first.
New patients or Referrals from Colleagues can still call 01535-644005 and leave their details and we'll add you to our referrals waiting list, so you get priority as we incorporate more routine appointments again. Thank you for your cooperation through this new way of working.
Leaving Gum disease until it damages your gums or even starts affecting your general medical health, is unwise but sadly more uncommon.......
Please read below for more details and see some example pictures below when gum diseases are allowed to just get worse:
All the patients above were treated successfully at our Specialist Practice - using advanced gum treatment techniques and then Specialist treatment planned options, they all avoided Complete Dentures and could smile with confidence once more, without the bad breath of recurring, continual gum disease, as well as eating apples successfully again!
Gum treatments can stabilise Gum Disease, with specific gum treatments for shrinking gums, bleeding gums, bad breath ( halitosis), gum recession and shrinkage tooth loss consequences of gum disease, can all be avoided or minimised with the latest gum treatments and full mouth disinfection techniques. Once gum disease and periodontal health are stable, this greatly helps normal Dental Treatments or Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry. This could include simple periodontal splinting, bridges or even Tooth Implants, smaller mini Implants, immediate Dental Implants, Crowns, Bridges, Cosmetic Veneers, Precision Dentures, Tooth Bleaching, Teeth Whitening, Cosmetic Bonding, Latest Ceramic Restorations, Second Opinions, Smile Profiling, Gum Diseases, Tooth wear and worn, uneven teeth treatments, Periodontal Plastic Surgery, Further gum treatments, gum recontouring and reshaping too.
Once you have had gum disease destruction in your mouth, you are more prone to get gum disease problems again. You, therefore, will need to put in more effort to reduce this gum diseases vulnerability. This will require additional Mouth Hygiene techniques for damaged gums even though you have had specific gum treatments, root planing or even some gum surgery.
There are two main reasons why it takes new tools and techniques to clean the plaque off of your teeth when you've lost bone due to periodontal diseases:
1. In a healthy mouth, the space between the tooth and gums (called the pocket) is normally two to three millimetres deep. That's how far below the gum you can effectively clean with a toothbrush and floss. But with periodontal diseases, the pocket deepens; it's now greater than three millimetres and beyond normal cleaning reach. Pockets are notorious hiding places for plaque and bacteria to flourish. Their 24 hr. party of destruction continues and like wild teenagers, they enjoy wrecking and damaging things around them when they are out of control !!!
They need evicting, the place cleaned thoroughly and then re-organised to provide constant cleaning/supervision to avoid a repeat performance!
See the pictures below that reveal tooth coloured plaque can be missed even from childhood times, allowing gum disease damage and recurring gum disease damage and problems later in life too - check you with Disclosing tablets from your Chemist!
2. Another problem with periodontal diseases has to do with the shape of the roots. When there are no periodontal diseases, the bone level is high and the gums attach firmly at the necks of the teeth. You can wrap the floss around this surface and do a thorough job of keeping plaque off of your teeth. In periodontal diseases, the attachment shifts and you lose bone. Now you have root surfaces to contend with, and they have intentions. Floss stretches across these intentions and can't remove the plaque hiding inside these recesses and concavities.
Even when you have undergone special deep root cleaning on top of normal scaling for Gum Diseases, you MUST still keep up with regular Dentist or Hygienist visits to help maintain your gum health, which can rapidly deteriorate again if you do not do the additional cleaning methods and stay regularly monitored, as advised by your Dental Professionals! Gum diseases can present as just swollen or bleeding gums initially, but not pain, so it easily gets overlooked or dismissed. Indeed, gum disease is STILL the main cause of tooth loss in the UK, even more than tooth decay - it is still a serious, national problem!
Gum Disease consequences are "very" destruction of your supporting bone around the teeth, ultimately leading to tooth loss if not stopped.
Special gum treatments and cleaning tools are necessary to reach down beyond the normal three millimetres to thoroughly clean the indentions in the sides of the roots. Each tool is useful in different areas of your mouth. For example, interdental brushes can clean vertically up and down into pockets, Floss can clean horizontally between tight contacts, Super-floss can clean under Bridged teeth etc.
Your Dentist will be happy to work with you to customise a plaque-removal program using these (or other) special tools and techniques for your specific problems.
Only your Dentist or Specialist can give you individual advice after examining you.
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*Dr.Kilcoyne is a UK registered Specialist in Prosthodontics (GDC No.58373) which includes The Functional and Cosmetic Dentistry aspects of Crowns, Dental Implants, Bridges, Veneers, Fillings, Dentures, Bonding etc. Please go to our MAKE an APPOINTMENT page if you'd like to access his Expertise.
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