Gum disease can be hard to spot, which is why it is important to visit your local Chingford dentist for routine check-ups.

Whilst prevention of gum disease is the best way to avoid problems such as sore or bleeding gums, or even loose teeth, when a certain stage has been reached, a ‘simple’ professional clean and improved oral health care will not suffice. This stage is known as periodontitis, this attacks not only the gums, but also the bone that holds your teeth in place. Once this deteriorates, the bone may no longer be sufficiently strong enough to hold the tooth in place and ultimately it may fall out.

What Treatments Are There?

To treat periodontitis, the teeth may need to be cleaned not only above and on the gum line but also beneath it. This is a far more advanced procedure than a straightforward ‘scale and polish’ and is performed by the periodontist and not the hygienist.  Treatment is always performed using a local anaesthetic as it is necessary to access and clean the tooth below the gum line, deep down to its root.

Performing this deep clean, in conjunction with medication, is often sufficient to enable your gums and bone to recover. Needless to say, it is necessary to continue to monitor the patient’s oral health following the procedure to ensure that progress is maintained.

In severe cases, teeth which are very loose and diseased, may be extracted. The areas can then heal and a dental implant may be a suitable replacement.

Periodontal Surgery

If periodontal disease has destroyed a lot of your supporting tissue and bone, the affected teeth will need to be removed. Surgical treatment will help to reduce pocket depth and repair damage caused by gum disease.

Will I Feel Any Pain?

You may experience a little discomfort while we are cleaning your teeth so we may give you local anaesthetic injection to make the gum numb.

You May Have Gum Disease If:

What Is The Cause Of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which then forms onto the surface on the teeth and gums. Many of the plaque and bacteria are harmless, but some have shown to be the main cause of gum disease. To prevent this, you need to make sure you remove all plaque from your teeth every day by brushing and flossing twice daily.

What Happens After The Procedure?

As the gums become healthier, they may shrink or recede and the teeth may appear longer. You may also notice spaces appearing between the teeth.

There are no special precautions that need to be taken when you return home. You will need to continue with tooth cleaning at home and stick to the special advice given to you by your dentist.

The key thing to know about gum disease is that it is preventable and, particularly in the early stages is relatively easy to treat and stabilise. We will examine and fully assess your gum health.