(03) 5332 3043

29 Victoria Street, Ballarat

East VIC 3350 Australia

Gum Disease (Periodontics)

Periodontal Disease  also referred to as “gum disease” or “periodontal infection” is an ongoing bacterial infection in the gums and bone around your teeth. This infection leads to inflammation under the gums, and if not treated, this inflammation can worsen the bone around your teeth ultimately leads to tooth loss. Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.
At Bakery Hill Dental, we believe that prompt treatment for periodontal disease is important for overall good health.

Symptoms of Periodontal Infection

Periodontal infection is usually painless until it reaches an advanced stage. However, there are some symptoms that can indicate the presence of periodontal infection.
These may include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding when brushing (pink toothbrush), or at other times
  • Aching, itchy, sore or tender gums
  • Receding gums (teeth beginning to look longer)
  • Pus between your teeth and gums when you press down on the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures
  • Loose, separating or protruding teeth
  • Spaces between teeth

Possible Treatments You can Opt for

Laser periodontal therapy is an ideal solution for patients who are anxious about dental treatment; it provides increased precision, safety, and comfort with numerous benefits, including a decreased need for stitches and anesthesia as well as minimal bleeding.  Laser dentistry also decreases the risk of bacterial infection and helps wounds heal faster.

After performing a complete periodontal exam, Ballarat dental team examines the condition of the gums and jawbone, generally planning one of these more common periodontal treatments:

Scaling and root planing –This procedure can be performed with minimal evasiveness using LANAP or can be executed using traditional methods.

Tissue regeneration – bone and gum tissue growth being stimulated using grafting techniques to regenerate cell density.

Pocket elimination surgery – when gum pockets become excessively large, surgery will be performed to decrease the gap between the tooth and gum.

Tooth extraction and dental implant surgery – if periodontitis has progressed and bone loss is significant, the teeth may need to be extracted and a dental implant has to be performed.

Whether you have severe periodontal disease or you are experiencing the beginning stage of gingivitis, your cosmetic dentist at the Bakery Hill Dental considers both your oral health and your appearance.
If you are interested in the benefits of laser dentistry to treat periodontal disease and would like to learn more about how our practice is on the cutting-edge of periodontal treatment,Contact us on (03) 5332 3043 today!


Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

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