Full Mouth Disinfection – What is it ?

Full Mouth Disinfection

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What is it? – Stabilisationperiodontal-disease

Full-mouth disinfection is for the treatment of Chronic Periodontitis (gum disease) in adults. Periodontal disease affects the bone and gum that provide support for your teeth, which if left untreated can result in your teeth becoming loose and falling out.

Chronic Periodontitis is treated by removing bacteria and hard deposits that affect root surfaces underneath the gum. The aim is to complete this procedure within a short time frame of 24 hours. This is in order to minimise the chance of re-infection with bacteria coming from other areas of the oral cavity, such as tongue, tonsils and interdental spaces. This procedure is to try and minimise and stabilise the loss of bone support and tissues which help keep the teeth firm within the dentition and in the long run prevent tooth loss.

Step by step guide to having ..

Full mouth disinfection .

Step One The dentist will prescribe two types of antibiotics which will need to be started a couple of days before your appointments. This helps to reduce infection and reduce the microbial load in the mouth. The Hygienist will take measurements around your teeth so they can assess the severity of your Periodontal Disease. They will then explain how they intend carry out your treatment and show you techniques you can use to keep on top of Periodontal Disease.

Step Two The treatment will take two appointments. Your Hygienist will treat half the mouth at each appointment as the treatment is usually done under local anaesthetic. This will make it much more comfortable for you.

Step Three During these appointments the hygienist will spend a long time removing any hard tartar and soft plaque from around the teeth and under the gums. This procedure typically involves scaling and also root planing. They will also remove any extrinsic staining from your teeth. Aids of interdental cleaning will then be demonstrated to you and a customised hygiene programme will be discussed.

Step Four After your treatment and depending on the severity of your gum disease—you will be asked to return in 2 months so we can again measure around your teeth and assess how healthy your gums are, whilst also assessing your progress on home cleaning. At this appointment, your teeth will be cleaned again removing any reformed plaque

Periodontal Disease cannot be cured but through regular maintenance and care you can prevent its symptoms

After your treatment? The success of your periodontal treatment relies highly on excellent oral hygiene. This is why it is so important that you take into account all of the information advice and aids recommended to you by your Dentist or Hygienist.

Why is this so important? Sufficient treatment for periodontal disease has never been so important. There are a number of links proven between periodontal disease and other health problems. Just to name a few… Heart Disease pre-term low birth weight children Diabetes Rheumatoid Arthritis Obesity Alzheimer’s Disease.

If you would like to know more about Periodontal Disease & Full Mouth Disinfection, Please do not hesitate to ask a member of our friendly team. We are more than happy to help answer any questions you may have.