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GUM DISEASE - THE SILENT KILLER!

Have your tooth got loose without pain!!!

Gum disease (Pyorrhea) is an inflammation of the tissues surrounding your teeth. More than 10 million cases per year in India and around 60% of US population is suffering from this infection! It is the most common cause of premature tooth loss in young adults!

One of the first signs that you may become aware of is bleeding from the gums! They usually go unnoticed and slowly turn aggressive in nature. The gums may look red and swollen and you may develop bad breath. Later the teeth starts migrating and creating space in between. The teeth eventually come loose and are lost, or require extraction. This infection even affects your general health & well-being!!!

We believe in enlightening our patients and promoting good oral health through a conservative approach. Patients are advised about brushing and flossing in the correct way whenever they come in for a consultation. If at all any other discrepancies are noticed, then various degrees of treatments are carried out in order to protect or re-design your gums.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Risk Factors Of Developing Gum Diseases?

The most important cause of gum disease is plaque and poor oral hygiene but frequently, it may occur due to an underlying medical problems and has an increased risk for complications.

Smoking

Hormonal changes in Female

Diabetes- Periodontitis is the 7th most common complication found in diabetic patients.

Other illnesses and their treatments- Diseases such as AIDS and its treatments can also negatively affect the health of gums, as can treatments for cancer.

Medications- Drugs reducing flow of saliva makes the mouth vulnerable to infections such as gum disease. And some medicines like Nifedipin (used in heart patients) and Phenytoin (used in epilepsy) can induce abnormal overgrowth of the gum tissue.

Genetic susceptibility- Some people are more prone to severe gum disease than others.

How Does It Affect My Systemic Health?

2x as likely to die with heart attack and 3X as likely to die from Stroke.

It overshoots the blood sugar level diabetics and increases the risk of premature death by Increase symptoms in arthritis.

We have treated one of the rare case of  primary oral Tuberculosis with the incidence rate of 0.5 – 1.5% in the world.

Research suggests that 18 in every 100 premature births may be triggered because of pyorrhea which increases the risk of low birth weight for baby.

Till these links are well understood, we still have a very good reason to take care of oral health as controlling gum disease can save your teeth!

 

Can Any Dentist Provide Me Gum Care?

Gum treatments are very sophisticated procedures and for the best results, it is important that you chose a Gum Surgery expert (Periodontist) who has completed an additional three years of full-time post-graduate training in the specialty.

Our specialist Dr. Desai is a Periodontist who is extensively trained in the speciality during his masters and he also holds the Pan-India honor of  Highly Commended Periodontist Award (Dental Oscar). He is the receiver of the prestigious honour “Brigadier Dr. J. K. Gupta Award” by Indian Society of Periodontology for the best research paper. His accomplishments like “Best Out-Going Postgraduate Student”, “Dr. D. S. Mehta Award” for the highest marks in the MDS residency exam, and securing a University rank are the proofs of his academic brilliance. He has many national and international research papers to his credit.

Dr. Desai likes to be as conservative as possible and practice result driven dentistry.

Treatment of Infected Gums

At Desai Dental Clinic, we take systematic approach towards understanding the cause, followed by treatment, adjunctive medication and regular follow up. Usually the treatment is done in 3 phases…

1st Phase involves professional cleaning known as Scaling and Root Planing [SRP] under magnification. It is our preferred non-invasive and conservative approach. A lot of cases get solved at this stage and patients are directly advised for aftercare. But typically, phase-I periodontal therapy is neglected by the patients, mistreated & under-rated by many of the dental practitioners.

2nd Phase includes corrective surgery with or without regenerative treatment to protect or re-design your gums.

3rd and the final phase is supportive periodontal therapy (Aftercare) which is vitally important to avoid the recurrence. Regular follow-up visits are scheduled for every 3-6 months to ensure that the disease process does not recur. You will also be given advice on how to modify your oral hygiene practices to tackle the inflammation.

Successful periodontal treatment requires your full co-operation in regard to daily oral hygiene practices and attendance at regular follow-up appointments.

Gum Care Procedures

• Gum Lifting

When the gums pull up too high on the teeth, much of the tooth’s root becomes exposed & they turn out to be sensitive and looks long. Gum lifting is a Perio Plastic procedure which can be done to relocate your gums. It is also the treatment consideration for implants to lengthen it’s life. Studies show long standing and stable results with dental implants which had thick gums around it! If you don’t have them, we can create them.

• Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. Sometimes this teeth fails to come out and get misaligned. Most often they cause infection and also damage the adjacent teeth. Your dentist probably will recommend that the tooth be taken out to avoid future problems.

• De-pigmentation of Gums

It is also known as Gum Bleaching. Removes black spots or patches on gums which may be caused due to excessive melanin or medication and rejuvenates the color of your gums.

• Gum Contouring

It is a cosmetic procedure to reshape the gums in the case of a gummy smile to help you get that beautiful smile you desire.When there is no balanced proportion between Gums and teeth (Pink: White ratio), the smile may often look less attractive than it could!

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