Gum Specialists

Renewing oral health

At Toowoomba Specialist Dental we pride ourselves in providing the highest standard of treatment for patients with gum disease, with a gentle, professional, and caring approach.
Read on to find out more about gum disease and how our specialists can help treat your gums and improve more than just your oral health.

Gum Disease Treatments

What is Gum Disease?

Your dentist may have referred you to see a Periodontist because they have determined that periodontal disease (gum disease) is present. Periodontal Disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and is often referred to as the Silent Disease as there is often no pain or discomfort until the infection is severe.

Periodontal disease affects the support around the teeth including the jawbone and the gums. It is diagnosed by close examination of the teeth and gums or the presence of bone loss in your x-rays.

What is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are qualified dental professionals who specialise in the prevention, detection and treatment of patients with gum diseases, like periodontitis and gingivitis. They also specialise in gum grafting, deep gum cleaning, gum surgery and the placement of dental implants. Periodontists have undergone extensive postgraduate training and are qualified to provide a more complex level of care for patients with gum disease.

What causes Periodontal disease?

Gum disease is most often caused by plaque – the thick film of bacteria that forms on gums and teeth. There are a number of risk factors for periodontal (gum) disease, but smoking is the most significant. Smoking also can make treatment for periodontal disease less successful. Other risk factors include: diabetes; hormonal changes in females; prescription medications that lessen the flow of saliva; nutritional deficiency and genetic susceptibility.

When should you see a periodontist?

The following signs may indicate that you have periodontal disease and need to see a Periodontist:
  • You have red, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Your teeth feel loose
  • Your gum are receding
  • You have noticed a change in your bite and position of your teeth
  • You have bad breath that won’t go away
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, book a consultation with our periodontist today.