Gum Disease

Advanced gum treatment

Gum disease can be thought of in two groups.

The first is gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis affects 80 per cent of adults and some 50 per cent of teenagers in the UK. It is a reversible condition and in most cases can be managed by improving your home hygiene regime with help from your dentist and hygienist.

The second is periodontitis, which affects the supporting tissues of the teeth. Periodontitis is a major cause of tooth loss in adults and can get worse without appropriate treatment.

This advanced gum disease affects approximately 10 per cent of the population, so it is relatively common, although its severity varies among individuals. Unfortunately most people do not know they have periodontitis until it has reached an advanced stage and the supporting tissues around the teeth are seriously compromised.

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You should seek advice from your Dentist immediately if you feel you have gum disease. If left untreated it can become severe leading to tooth loss. There are a variety of ways periodontists can treat periodontal disease. Following further in-depth training, periodontists receive up to three additional years of specialised training in both surgical and non-surgical periodontal procedures to treat gum disease. Periodontists are also experts in replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
With the correct at-home care techniques combined with regular visits to a Hygienist or Periodontist, periodontal disease can be preventable. It’s also important to emphasise that hygiene therapy may reduce the risk of developing several serious medical conditions as some research has suggested a link between gum disease and arthritis, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and problems with pregnancy such as premature births and low birth-weight babies. If you would like help or advice on your oral hygiene, please contact us for more information.

Treatment with our Periodontist involves an initial in-depth consultation to assess your specific requirements. We then quickly commence treatment to control the infection by removing bacterial biofilm, calculus, and toxins from periodontally involved root surfaces. You could then proceed to surgical techniques in order to try and save your teeth. All of our treatments are safe, effective, and come with minimal discomfort. Afterwards you will be returned to your general dentist where we recommend regular hygiene visits to maintain your results.

Gum disease is largely preventable with a good daily oral hygiene routine that includes brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, flossing and attending regular dental examinations and hygiene appointments with the great team here.

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