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Despite it being one of the most wide-spread diseases across the world, periodontal disease is preventable and can be easily treated when it is found early enough.

Periodontal disease, another name for gum disease, is caused by bacteria that collects at the gum line as dental plaque. The plaque needs to be removed by brushing and cleaning between the teeth twice a day. If not properly cleaned, the gum starts to come away from the tooth, forming pockets and the plaque grows down below the gum line. Over time, the bone that supports the teeth is destroyed, the gums shrink and eventually the teeth become wobbly and fall out.

Most people can get mild gum disease but some people are susceptible to more aggressive forms. There are a few factors that put people at higher risk of getting severe gum disease. Periodontal disease is usually pain-free (sometimes called ‘the silent disease’) and so you may be unaware of it until your dentist or hygienist checks for it.

Some common signs and symptoms:

Our periodontal team is experienced in dealing with patients’ concerns regards gum disease. They use the most up to date technology including the Varios Combi Pro, combining ultrasonic scaling and powder therapy, for more effective and comfortable oral hygiene and biofilm control.

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  • Assessment £175
  • Non Surgical Initial Therapy £85
  • Non Surgical Advance Gum Treatment £195
  • Advanced Gum Treatment Review £85
  • Review £150
  • Non Surgical Treatment £400
  • Novomatrix Surgery £800
  • Connective Tissue Graft Surgery £800
  • Crown Lengthening Single Tooth £800
  • Free Gingival Graft Surgery £800
  • Mucogingival Surgery £800
  • Occlusal Adjustment £95
  • Emdogain £800
  • Crown Lengthening Multiple Teeth £1750
  • Periodontal Surgery £650
  • Periodontal Regeneration (Emdogain & BioOss) £950
  • Peri-implant Surgery £650
  • Graft – Peri-implant Regeneration £800

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease affects the gums, bone and other supporting tissues of the teeth. Most individuals suffer from gum inflammation from time to time known as gingivitis. If untreated gingivitis has the potential to progress to periodontitis resulting in bone loss. Up to 50% of the population can suffer with the milder forms of periodontitis and around 10% of the population appear to suffer from the more severe forms of the disease. This group appears to be at greatest risk of losing teeth through periodontal disease. It is caused by the bacteria which regularly collect on the teeth.

Why do some people suffer from this problem and not the others?

Our knowledge is improving all the time of why this is, although several major factors are thought to be responsible. Oral hygiene, family history, smoking and stress are all important risk factors. Stopping smoking is an important part of reducing the risk of developing the disease as is achieving an excellent standard of oral hygiene. Certain general diseases such as diabetes may also make an individual more susceptible.

How do I know if I have the disease?

The signs and symptoms of periodontal disease vary significantly but may include gums that bleed when brushing, together with signs of more advanced disease such as movement or drifting of the teeth. However, it is possible to have the disease and not be aware of these signs. It is essential to see your dentist regularly so that special assessment techniques, sometimes including x-rays, can be carried out as part of your routine dental examinations.

What should I do if I think I might have the disease?

Regular examinations by your dentist will ensure that the right diagnosis is made. Your dentist will be able to advise you about any necessary treatment. This will often include specific oral hygiene methods to help you control the bacteria that collect on your teeth. There may also be a need to carry out some professional cleaning of your teeth. Most cases of periodontal disease can be successfully treated by your dentist using methods such as these. Occasionally, more complex treatments are required and your dentist will advise you accordingly.

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