Periodontics is the science of the gums as well as the jawbone that holds your teeth in your mouth. Proper periodontal care is absolutely crucial for every single person to ensure long lasting teeth that can be used to smile, speak and eat for life. Without healthy gums, teeth can become painful or even start to become wobbly or loose – many years ago it was thought that it was normal to get loose teeth as you get older – but with modern dentistry this doesn’t need to be the case. With the right care, everybody should be able to keep their own teeth forever.
Routine scale and cleans are a type of periodontal procedure using specialised dental instruments to clean around the teeth and gums. A prophylaxis (polishing procedure) using a specialised cleaning paste at the end of a scale and clean helps to keep teeth glossy and smooth, which helps to keep bacteria away from the tooth and therefore helps with keeping the gums in great shape. This is the type of treatment we would recommend for everybody, usually two times per year.
Beyond this routine procedure, there are different periodontal services that can be helpful in case you have a more serious gum disease – these services include Scaling & Root Planing (SRP), as well as various gingival grafts or connective tissue grafts which can be useful if you have experience gum recession – these grafts help to regrow the gums which can improve the appearance of your smile, as well as cover exposed tooth surfaces which would otherwise be quite sensitive.
Do you have a ‘gummy smile’? Count yourself lucky! Gums are so important to overall dental health, if you have lots of gums then you have a great starting point to having great dental health for life. If you feel the appearance of the gums is a problem for you though, we can help. Recontouring of gums is a straightforward procedure that can transform your smile. Another reason for excessive display of gums is if your lip lifts too much when you smile, revealing more gum than you would like. If this applies to you, a simple application of injectable muscle relaxers into the lip is a quick and effective solution to improve the proportions of your smile.
Last but not least, the most important periodontal procedures of all – the ones you do at home! We recommend to brush your teeth every day – once in the morning and once at night. Cleaning between your teeth is crucial, because a toothbrush cannot be trusted to clean all the food from between your teeth. Many people don’t clean between their teeth because of time or because they have not gotten into the habit of it. We can help you with simple ways to add these to your daily routine, and it doesn’t take much time at all. We recommend a combination of floss, water flossers and toothbrushing for most patients as a reliable way to minimise chances of unpredictable gum problems and tooth pain. Come visit us so we can help you establish these helpful daily routines!