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Airport Dental Cork
Airport Dental Cork

Gum Treatments in Cork

The Key to a Healthy and Happy Smile

At Airport Dental we focus on helping all of our patients achieve healthy teeth and gums at home through regular brushing and flossing, together with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

But even the most diligent home oral hygiene routine can’t completely stop the eventual build up of plaque and tartar (calculus). This build up can’t be removed by simple brushing and you will need to have your teeth professionally cleaned to prevent gum disease.

The Reality of Gum Disease

Gum disease is the generic term for the soreness, swelling or infection of your gums caused by bacterial infections. Untreated gum disease is a very common cause of tooth loss and other potentially serious conditions. In fact, poor oral health has been linked to diabetes, respiratory problems and heart disease.

Scale and Polish

We can remove plaque and reduce your risk of gum disease with a routine cleaning during your regular check up. An ultrasonic scaler is used that vibrates at high speeds to help break up the plaque and tartar so it can be easily removed. Your teeth are then polished to remove any stains and to help prevent future build up. Normally, this treatment is used for people with healthy gums or mild gum disease (Gingivitis)

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal disease is more serious than gingivitis as it infects the gums and the bone beneath it. It is a progressive disease, meaning it gets worse over time if left untreated, and can lead to tooth loss and other health problems. We can treat periodontal disease with a treatment called root planing, or curettage, which is a very deep clean, including below the gum line. This treatment may need to be repeated a few times until your gums are healthy again.

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Are there different kinds of gum disease?

There are two main types of gum disease: gingivitis which is a general inflammation of the gums, and the more serious periodontal disease which infects the gums and the bone supporting your tooth.

How does a dentist check for gum disease?

Checking for gum disease is part of our 10-point check up treatment. Your dentist will measure the ‘cuff’ of gum around each tooth to check for irregularities. If we suspect bone loss, we may take x-rays.

How is gum disease treated? Can it be cured?

If we find any gum disease your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and we will create an oral hygiene routine specifically for you. Unfortunately, if we find periodontal disease it can’t be ‘cured’ but we can stop the disease from progressing.