Cleaning & Periodontal Treatment at Opal Dental

Regular visits to your dentist and hygienist will ensure that your teeth last as long as possible. It is important to note that gum disease is very common, affecting people of all ages. Unfortunately gum disease causes damage to the bone supporting teeth and this process eventually causes the teeth to become mobile and eventually ‘fall out’ Gum disease ( periodontal disease) is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. The good news is that gum disease can be treated by a dentist or hygienist at Opal Dental and if treated in the early stages it’s effects can be reversed.

In order to diagnose periodontal disease it is important that you visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist should carry out a periodontal examination to assess the health status of your gums. Using a periodontal probe the dentist will check the depths of the tissues around the natural teeth (periodontal pockets). This will usually give an indication as to the severity of the periodontal problem. The deeper the pocket the more difficult it will be to clean adequately.

Our dentist will help to clean these deep pockets and remove any plaque or calculus which has accumulated around the teeth. Keeping the teeth plaque and calculus free will ensure that the periodontal disease is reduced.

At Opal Dental, our dentist has specific training and experience in treating and managing gum disease. After removing plaque and calculus the hygienist will ensure that you know and understand exactly how to brush your teeth properly and floss every day.