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Gum Disease in Melbourne CBD

man looking out the windowAt Collins Dental Image, we are passionate about preventative dental care essentially means that our team is focused on identifying any potential issues early so that we can intervene and treat the problem before it escalates. In fact, we were one of the very first practices in Melbourne CBD to establish a hygienist led preventative care program so we have seen the impact on the oral health of generations of families in our care.

Gum disease is more common than you realise and is something our highly experienced team is skilled at identifying, treating and precisely monitoring.

Our goal is always to preserve your natural smile for a lifetime, so coming in regularly for checkups and cleans with our hygienists and oral health therapists is an important preventative measure.

But if gum disease does occur, we are committed to doing everything possible to restore you to optimal oral health and keep you healthy.


What Is Gum Disease?

A progressive condition, gum disease begins when plaque builds up on the teeth, and bacteria causes the gums to inflame. This initial stage is called gingivitis and is reversible if treated early. If left untreated, gingivitis will progress to periodontitis, with damage to the bone supporting the teeth. The inflammation will eventually cause the gums to separate from the tooth, creating pockets that can trap food and bacteria and lead to bone loss. In advanced periodontitis, the pockets become deeper and the bone loss is more severe, causing eventual tooth loss.

Causes and Risk Factors

Gingivitis and periodontitis are typically the result of plaque and tartar buildup caused by improper oral hygiene. Tobacco use or vaping may be a contributing factor as well. Regular checkups and professional cleans with our experienced team of hygienists and oral health therapists can help to minimise the risk factors, but a good oral health routine such as proper brushing and regular flossing at home can also help you steer clear of gum disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

It is worth bearing in mind that gum disease has been linked to a variety of other serious medical conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes so taking your oral health care seriously should be a priority as it can benefit your overall health too.

By the time you notice symptoms, your situation may already be quite serious. Some of the common signs and symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis include:

  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums (when brushing or flossing)
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth

Treatment Options

If we determine that your gums are diseased, we will offer you the most appropriate treatment recommendations for your specific situation, determined by precise measurements. Our goal is always to preserve your natural teeth if health can be restored. Some common treatments include:

  • Deep cleaning procedures
  • Medications
  • Surgical treatments

Your clinician will discuss your options with you and answer all of your questions so that you may make an informed decision regarding your oral health.

Schedule Today

Located in the heart of Melbourne CBD, we strive to make getting the care you need convenient and accessible with our no-wait guarantee and treatment recommendations tailored to your specific needs and goals. Don’t wait for dental problems to occur! Contact us today to book in for a checkup.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


Gum Disease Melbourne CBD VIC | (03) 9650 6622