DO YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS?
- swollen red gums that bleed easily
- gums that have shrunk from the teeth
- sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods
- food gets stuck in between your teeth
- persistent bad breath
- a bad taste in your mouth
- abscesses between teeth and gums
- loose teeth
These symptoms may be a sign of gum disease, which can often be treated with active periodontal therapy (APT). APT is a non-surgical procedure which aims plaque and calculus deposits from the tooth and root surface.
APT can be performed under local anaesthetic over one or two appointments. Your periodontist will treat one side of the mouth at a time using a combination of techniques to remove the plaque and calculus that cause gum disease. If your periodontal disease is aggressive or cannot be stabilised with non-surgical treatment, it may be necessary for your periodontist to perform LANAP® or periodontal surgery.