Gum disease (gingivitis) is very common and symptoms such as inflamed gums, bleeding, sensitivity, receding gums and pain on brushing can all be signs of this. It is the leading cause of tooth loss which is why at Oak Hill Dental we take a preventative approach to gum disease, as it is very treatable.
However, if gum disease persists over a long period of time and progresses, it can eventually affect the supporting structure of the teeth which can result in pain, infections, wobbly teeth and even tooth loss. This is known as periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease.
At Oak Hill Dental our focus is on prevention and this is why we believe it is critical to visit the hygienist regularly to assist you in maintaining the health of your gums and prevent gum disease.
This is provided through regular maintenance cleaning at least twice a year, oral hygiene instruction and education.
Our hygiene appointments range from 15-60 minutes and include:
- Detailed discussion about your current oral hygiene regime and how it could be improved
- Comprehensive assessment of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth
- Full clean of the gums, teeth and polish
- Detailed oral hygiene instruction on how to maintain and look after your teeth tailored to your needs based on the findings of the assessment.
Severe forms of gum disease can compromise the function and appearance of the teeth, creating the appearance of “black triangles” or that the teeth look long. Through advanced regeneration techniques, they can also cosmetically improve this sort of appearance and restore the normal appearance of the gums and teeth. Furthermore, they can help reshape the gums to help and improve the appearance of a gummy smile.
This often requires the input of a gum specialist, Dr. Yavar Khan, our periodontist, who is specifically trained in the management of gum disease and the supporting structures of the teeth. They work hand in hand with the hygienist and yourself to ensure that any disease is managed.
All of our expert hygienists are trained in teeth whitening procedures which include enlighten and ZOOM. Please see the teeth whitening page for more information on these tooth whitening systems we provide.