Dentistry on George

Treatment of Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection which affects the supporting structures around your teeth – the gums and bone. If left untreated, it can lead to the loss of teeth. If you suspect you might have gum disease, book a check-up at our Brisbane CBD clinic as soon as possible.

It all begins with the formation of a sticky layer on the teeth, which we all accumulate all day long. This layer is the same colour as the teeth, making it hard to see and remove, and is made up of millions of bacteria.

These nasty bacteria produce toxins which inflame the gums (gingivitis). Left too long, bone loss can occur (periodontitis), resulting in tooth loss.  

Common warning signs for gum disease

To avoid more complex treatment and even tooth loss, it’s important to act as soon as any warning signs appear. If you are experiencing any of the following conditions, you may have gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums after tooth brushing (early warning sign)
  • Red swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath and taste in your mouth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Wobbly and moving teeth (late warning sign)

Risk factors for gum disease

Gum disease is caused by bacterial inflammation, but there are several risk factors that can make you more susceptible to it. Aside from bacterial plaque, risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Poor diet
  • Other illnesses/diseases
  • Genetics

Gum disease prevention

Gum disease is a painless condition, often until it’s too late. If you spot any warning signs, it’s important you come and get treated as soon as possible. However, there are a few important things you can do to prevent gum disease:

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We’re located in the heart of Brisbane CBD, at the corner of George Street and Queen street. Enjoy easy public transport links, on-street parking and carparks nearby.

What if I think I have gum disease?

If you suspect you might have gum disease, book an appointment at our clinic as soon as possible. We’ll do a full assessment of your teeth and gums and take some measurements. This helps us chart your progress and see if the disease is progressing or stabilising.

A professional clean (debridement) will remove the hard tartar (calculus), from above and below the gum line. This may take several appointments depending on the severity of the gum disease. We then work with you to develop an at-home care plan, which will help you maintain the health of your gums. Often, this is all that’s needed to control the gum disease.

The key to long term success is a combination of two things: removing the plaque daily (done by you at home), and regular maintenance by your dentist.

If your disease is severe, or we’re unable to control it, we may refer you to one of our specialist colleagues, a periodontist.

The Dentistry on George Difference

Quality Care

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Personalised Service

Your comfort and health are our priority. Whether you’re coming in for a quick check-up or extensive treatment, our team goes above and beyond to create a relaxing and trusting environment. It’s our vision to make every dental experience a positive one!

We strive for excellence in both our dental care results and customer service. Our team takes the time to listen to your questions and worries, making sure you’re comfortable throughout your appointment. We want to see every client leave our clinic with a smile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We endeavour to make you comfortable during a deep clean by using local anaesthetic. Other than some buzzing and scratchy sounds, you should not feel a thing!

After the treatment, your teeth may be sensitive to temperature or food. Don’t worry, this is normal, and usually doesn’t last long. The gums around the teeth may shrink and tighten up, eventually returning to their normal shape and healthy pink colour.

At an early stage, yes. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is reversible. This is when your gums may become swollen and red, bleeding easily. At this point, gum disease can typically be treated with a professional cleaning at a dental clinic, followed by daily brushing and flossing. Periodontitis (a serious infection of the gums) can be controlled and the damage to the teeth stopped with early intervention.

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