Periodontal (gum) diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis affect up to 30% of the population. Signs and symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Bleeding gums;
  • Bad breath;
  • Gum recession;
  • Hypersensitive teeth;
  • Loose or mobile teeth; and
  • Bone loss.

Non-surgical treatment of gum disease involves thorough debridement (cleaning) of the tooth root surfaces over a number of appointments. In some cases, further treatment may be required to resolve the gum condition. The ultimate aim of periodontal therapy is to arrest the gum disease process and maintain natural teeth for as long as possible, preventing further bone loss.