A little bit about periodontal (gum) disease
Most people suffer from a mild form of periodontal disease (gingivitis) that can sometimes produce sore and bleeding gums, and often the plaque will harden on the teeth forming a hard deposit (calculus).
A small proportion of the population (10-15%) are, however, more susceptible to the effects of plaque and permanent damage may be caused to the attachment of the gum to the tooth (periodontitis). This can result in the formation of gaps between the gums and the teeth (pockets) in which more plaque can collect and thus continue the disease process. As the pockets deepen, the supporting bone around the teeth can gradually be lost and the teeth may become loose.
Susceptibility to plaque bacteria probably has a genetic basis. In addition, factors such as poor cleaning around teeth and gums, as well as habits like smoking can contribute to gum disease. Additional stress factors include stress, a diet high in refined carbohydrates and diabetes and uncontrolled cardiovascular diseases.
Warning signs for gum disease
There are several warning signs that can indicate that you may be experiencing some form of periodontal disease:
- Red, swollen, tender gums.
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating.
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste.
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating.
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
- Any change in the fit of dental appliances.
While these warning signs are important, the only way to determine the extent and severity of periodontal disease is a comprehensive examination.
A full assessment of the periodontal condition is carried out to assess the depths of pockets between teeth, recession, loss of attachment along with radiographs to establish the extent of the condition. Possible treatment options are discussed with the patient and full written treatment plans with costs are provided.
Procedures we can help you manage:
- Generalised or localised chronic periodontal diseases
- Generalised or aggressive periodontal diseases
- Gum recession and grafting (muco-gingival plastic surgery)
- Bone grafting surgery in preparation of implant surgery
- Grafting of periodontal defects
- Gingival veneers
- Sinus lift surgery
- Crown lengthening surgery
- Pre-prosthetic surgery
- Ridge augmentation
- Ridge preservation
|Consultation including X-Ray's and full reports||£150.00|
|Non surgical periodontal treatment||From £250.00 per quadrant|
|Maintenance reviews, Including radiographs and report||£120.00|
Periodontics Case Study
Patient with fibrous gum overgrowth which was surgically removed
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