Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal or gum disease is an inflammatory condition of the gum and bone support (periodontal tissues) surrounding the teeth.

Gum disease begins with plaque, which is always forming on your teeth, without you even knowing. If the plaque is not removed daily it will form tartar (or calculus) which is the breeding ground for the germs which lead to gum disease. This is why we recommend regular hygienist appointments to prevent a build-up of tartar.

Anyone at any age can be susceptible to gum disease. It can lead to you losing your teeth because this disease attacks the bone which is the foundation for your teeth. Your teeth will become loose and eventually fall out as the bone dissolves away from around your teeth.

Gum diseases are classified according to severity. The two major stages are gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis is a milder, reversible form of gum disease which only affects the gums. Regular appointments can help detect and treat this form of gum disease. Gingivitis may lead to a more serious, destructive form of gum disease called periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a more severe form of gum disease. With periodontitis, the inflammation that affects the gums also affects the periodontal ligament that connects the tooth to the jaw bone. Over time this ligament, and the bone to which it’s attached, are slowly eroded away and the tooth may become loose and either fall out or need to be taken out.

At Penryn Dental Practice we are committed to a preventive approach to dental health. Speak to us today to find out more about how regular appointments with our experienced dentists and hygienists can help you enjoy a beautiful smile and great oral health.

I’ve been with Penryn Dental for over 20 years but I don’t live in Cornwall anymore and I’ve tried a number of local dental practices (in Twickenham) but nothing has come close Penryn Dental, so I make appointments whenever I’m in Cornwall.

The practice environment is immaculate and creates a professional impression. The staff are always very friendly and helpful.

I.W.

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