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Gum disease is an infection of the gum and bone around the teeth caused by the accumulation of germs and plaque and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Scroll down to find answers for the frequently asked questions.


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How do I know I have gum disease?

The first signs are blood appearing on the tooth brush or blood visible during rinsing of the mouth. It is usually painless but in more severe cases, the gums appear red and swollen and may feel sore. Some patients experience minor gum swelling with pus oozing out of their gums. Other symptoms are gaps appearing and widening in-between the teeth.

How does it affect me?

If left untreated, it will lead to damage of the gum and the underlying bone. This will result in the teeth becoming loose and eventually falling out! Some patients are genetically prone to gum disease.

It has also been shown that untreated gum disease can lead to heart disease, among many other diseases. It is also associated with diabetes and osteoporosis.

What are the different treatments available for gum disease?

Regular scaling and polishing every 6 months is necessary to remove the plaque/ tartar/ germs to prevent it from affecting the gums and bone level. Sometimes apart from scaling and polishing, it is necessary to do root planing (deep cleaning) to remove those plaque that are deposited deep in the gums and is done comfortably under Local Anaesthesia. 

Medication such as antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash may be required as an adjunct treatment to gum disease. For some patients who are genetically prone to gum disease, it is necessary to visit an FDC Clinic once every 4 months to maintain the gum and bone level. For such patients, our gum specialist Dr Hui Chee Wah is available to help you resolve such aggressive gum disease.

What are the different Gum Plastic Surgery procedures provided by us?

For a perfect smile, your gums have to look healthy and be light-pink in colour. If a lot of your gums is visible when you smile, at any FDC Clinic, you can get help to re-contour the excess gums, giving you a less gummy smile. As we age, our gums may recede and this can also be corrected with plastic surgery. Receding gums often result in teeth sensitivity and gives the unpleasant appearance that your teeth are no longer normal.

 3D Bone augmentation can also be done to add volume to the gums prior to procedures like implant or bridgework so that the final result will be more natural and aesthetically pleasant.