Gum disease (Periodontitis) is a condition caused by the inflammation of the supporting structures of your teeth. It is caused by bacteria that have been allowed to accumulate in between your teeth and gums.
As gum disease progresses, the bone that holds your teeth in position starts to shrink, and over time, your teeth become loose and eventually fall out. If diagnosed and treated early, gum disease can be treated with professional intervention and excellent oral hygiene.
Gum disease can often be silent and go unnoticed for a long time. The main early sign of gum disease is bleeding when brushing your teeth. If gum disease progresses, you may notice your teeth getting loose, moving or causing pain.
During your Exmaiantion and hygiene appointments, we will always screen for gum disease by checking how healthy they are and how strongly they are attached to your teeth.
Your treatment depends on how extensive your gum disease is. If you have minor gum disease (Gingivitis), then a single appointment with the hygienist and some thorough brushing at home may be enough to stabilise your gums.
If you have established gum disease (periodontitis), you will require further intervention with our clinicians.
Your specific treatment will be tailored to your needs. However, a common treatment pathway involves
In most cases, as long as you follow your clinician’s instructions, this is enough to stabilise your gum disease, and you can move on to regular maintenance visits with your hygienist every 3-6 months.
In some cases, we may need to carry out another course of ‘deep cleaning’ or refer you to a periodontal socialist.
A single session with the hygienist costs between £95 and £120.
A full course of advanced gum disease treatment will cost between £595 and £895, including all of the treatments and appointments mentioned above.
If you have any questions about gum disease or need help deciding what your next should be, don’t hesitate to contact us; our team will be glad to help.Back to Advanced Dentistry
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