Where gum disease is already present periodontal treatment may be required. This involves deep cleaning of the teeth and gums along with comprehensive home oral care advice and instruction.

There are usually 2 to 4 visits with the Periodontist required to complete treatment

Gingivitis (“inflammation of the gum tissue”) is a term used to describe non-destructive periodontal disease. The most common form of gingivitis is in response to plaque sticking to tooth surfaces and is the most common form of gum disease. In the absence of treatment, gingivitis may progress to periodontitis, which is a destructive form of gum disease.

Periodontitis comes from peri (meaning “around”), odont (“tooth”) and -itis (“inflammation”). Periodontitis is a disease which affects the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Periodontitis involves progressive loss of the alveolar bone around the teeth, and if left untreated, can lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth. Periodontitis is caused by microorganisms which stick to and grow on the tooth’s surfaces, along with an overly aggressive immune response against these microorganisms.

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Periodontal treatment is provided by Periodontist Dr. Lochlann Walsh BDent Sc (TCD), MMSC (Harvard) in both Reva Dental Kells and Crescent Dental Limerick.

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