Gum Treatment

Our oral cavity tends to have a high load of bacteria at any given time. The biochemistry of our mouths allows the accumulation of plaque, bacteria and calculus around our teeth and under our gums. If our teeth are not cleaned regularly, bacteria can cause gum inflammation and bleeding. Accumulated calculus causes bad breath. More significantly, bacteria which spreads under the gums can release toxins which erode the valuable bone holding your teeth in place. This is turn can result in loose teeth.Gum treatment is used to restore optimal gum health and save teeth if you have severe bone loss and inflamed gums around your teeth. This can make the teeth loose (mobile) and make the gums sore and swollen.Gum treatment sometimes involves opening the gum (called a flap) to debride the affected area and cleanse it thoroughly.Gum treatment is always done under local anesthetic so our patients are pain free and very comfortable throughout the procedure.

Periodontal or gum treatment may be needed if:

  • You have not been to a dentist in a long time
  • You have loose teeth
  • You have weak, bleeding gums
  • You have swollen and inflamed gums
  • You have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

Costs and Medisave

Although not claimable from Medisave, the cost of gum treatment will depend on the specific condition of your gums and how many areas are affected. We will always go through the costs in detail with you before proceeding. We also offer flexible in house installment plans for your convenience.

Phase 1 –  Consultation

What procedure is done is largely based on the severity of the periodontal or gum disease. Needless to say, the process must start with a thorough consultation and examination of your gums. This will include:

  • Checking for inflamed or swollen gums
  • Checking if there has been bone loss around your teeth
  • Measuring any bone loss which has occurred around teeth
  • Taking digital panoramic X-Rays to localize the areas where bone loss has occurred.

Once we know the severity of the condition we can proceed.

Phase 2 – Procedure

For mild to moderate gingivitis (inflammation of the gums which has not yet spread into the bone) The plaque, calculus and bacteria are cleaned off using a combination of an ultrasonic scaler tip (like we use in a normal scale and polish) along with manual hand scalers to ensure thorough removal of bacteria even from under your gums. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia so you do not feel any pain. Medication may be provided afterwards to ensure all bacteria are removed and your gums return to a healthy state.For more severe conditions like periodontitis (where bacteria have eroded the bone and teeth are already mobile) In addition to the above, we will also use bone graft materials to replace the lost bone. The synthetic graft material will stimulate the formation of your body’s own bone cells. This will normally require several visits as more than 1 graft site may be required.

Phase 3 – Follow Up

As with any dental procedure, follow ups are an important part of the process. Depending on the severity of your initial condition, we may schedule follow ups in 2 weeks or several months later. Once your gum and bone health have stabilized, we will then schedule 6 monthly routine checks. This ensures that your teeth and gums are cleaned every 6 months and we constantly monitor the health of your gums and bone.

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