Peridontics is concerned with the health of our gums. Healthy gums provide a solid foundation to support our teeth. Just as our lips provide the framework for our smile, our gums defines the length and shape of of the teeth as we see them. Perfect gum health is the first building block in a perfect smile.
Here at Christchurch Boutique Dental, we emphasise the importance of maintaining healthy gums. Patients attending our practice will be placed on periodontal maintenance (scaling) recalls at intervals suited for that individual. This may be every 3, 6 or 12 months. In order to achieve the best restorative outcome, patients must demonstrate their ability to maintain proper oral hygiene prior to commencement of any other treatment.
Periodontal (gum) disease can be caused by inadequate oral hygiene, genetic predisposition, smoking and systemic illness such as diabetes. Gum disease often starts out as inflamed or bleeding gums (gingivitis) and if left unattended, can lead to loss of bone and gum tissue around the tooth (periodontitis), causing sensitivity, root decay and infections.
Active gum disease is given priority over all restorative dental procedures. For patients undergoing aesthetic dental treatments, lost gum or bone tissue can be repaired through periodontal procedures such as grafting. The role of healthy gum tissue in aesthetic dentistry should not be overlooked.