Gum disease is a type of bacterial infection that damages the tissue, responsible for keeping your teeth in place. In the early stages, it is called gingivitis. This condition, which is characterised by red, swollen and bleeding gums, is caused by bacteria from a build up of plaque. It can progress into periodontitis which is initiated by bacteria that has accumulated below the gum line, if left untreated. Eventually, this form of gum disease can lead to loss of teeth.
Conservative Management of Gum Disease
In the majority of cases, Dr. Jeremy Vo can successfully treat periodontitis non-invasively by scaling off the tartar deposits beneath the gum line. This is achieved via the use of special instrumentation. He uses a leading-edge device with small tips that have been designed to enter deep into the gum pockets. The treatment is further supplemented with an advanced plaque removal technique using air-polishing technology.
You Do Not Need Dental Surgery Yet
The good news is that periodontal surgery is only a last resort for this advanced stage of gum disease. The advantages of conservative treatment for patients include:
- Experiencing the ‘gold standard’ of gum disease treatment
- Maintaining and prolonging the life of teeth with great success–even ones which other dentists might think are hopeless
- Being spared from high levels of pain and post-operative discomfort
- Finding a cost-effective way to maintain teeth and their function, especially compared to costly tooth extraction and tooth replacement dilemmas