Gum Disease Treatment in Randwick

person getting a dental checkupHaving a healthy smile takes more than keeping your teeth free of cavities; it also depends on the integrity of your gum tissues and bone that supports your bite.

When a problem like gingivitis (bleeding, swollen gums) goes overlooked, it can quickly evolve into a more complex type of gum disease known as periodontitis.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal (or gum) disease is a condition that involves the detachment of tissues that hold teeth in place. As inflammation and infection of the gum tissues goes untreated, it evolves to the point that they pull away from the tooth, creating a deep “pocket” between the soft tissue and roots of the teeth. Bone loss is next, eventually leading to issues like:

  • Tooth mobility and loss
  • Receding gumlines
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Heavy tartar buildup
  • Sensitive or sore teeth
  • Open spaces between teeth
  • Possible tooth loss
  • Bleeding and swelling

Health Complications of Gum Disease

Left untreated, periodontitis allows infectious bacteria to spread from the mouth into the bloodstream, potentially lodging itself within the blood vessels and heart. Unmanaged gum disease is shown to significantly increase the risk of health problems including:

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Premature labour
  • Low birth weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Infertility (men and women)
  • Pneumonia

Price of Gum Disease Treatment

The cost of gum disease treatment will depend on how advanced the problem is.

Gingivitis can usually be treated with a regular dental cleaning. The cost of a cleaning for an adult is $179 for a regular patient, while new patients will require a check up too, for a total of $279.

Periodontitis will involve a mapping of the level of the bone and gums in your mouth, which costs $132. Periodontitis can be treated for $209 per visit, and the dentist will let you know how many visits will be required. Sometimes a referral to a gum specialist (also called a periodontist) is needed.

If you have a Health Fund, you can contact them and obtain the rebate amount you are entitled to for gum treatments. We can let you know the exact rebate and any gap using your card at the clinic, or you can contact your Fund about items like: 221, 225.

We also offer discounts and flexible payment options such as direct health fund rebate using HICAPS, as well as financing through Denticare and Afterpay. This way you’ll know exactly what fees are involved before you agree to treatment.

Gum Disease Treatment

The first step to preventing periodontal disease is practicing good daily home care, including flossing. Scheduling a check and clean every six months allows us to screen for symptoms of gingivitis, which can be reversed. But active, advanced periodontitis requires more than a preventative scale and clean.

Depending on the severity of the gum infection, we may recommend a scaling and root planning along with antibiotics. Frequent maintenance cleanings are a vital part of preventing relapse.

Source: Australian Dental Association

Want to Learn More?

If you suspect that you have symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease, contact us straightaway to schedule a new patient exam.


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 Treatment Randwick, Coogee, Kensington and Maroubra NSW | (02) 9314 5226