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Gum Disease Care

Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss amongst adults

At Glenfield Dental, we place huge emphasis on our patients’ oral health and offer excellent periodontal treatment to those suffering from gum disease.

What is periodontal disease?

Gingivitis is the initial stage of periodontal disease and the easiest to treat. The direct cause of gingivitis is the plaque that forms constantly on the teeth and gums.

Periodontitis is advanced gum disease. It begins as gingivitis and, if not treated, will eventually begin to damage the jaw bone and the ligament around the teeth. If this process continues, the teeth become loose and pockets form between the teeth and gums. These pockets are places where more bacteria grow. If periodontitis is not treated, your teeth can become loose and even fall out. Periodontitis is not usually painful but the effects are not fully reversible.

Who is at a higher risk of periodontal disease?

Certain groups of people tend to have a higher chance of developing gum disease and therefore need to take extra care of their gums. These groups are:

How is periodontal disease treated?

At every examination visit patients are screened for gum disease. The severity of the gum disease is noted using scoring values.

Treatment is provided depending upon the severity of the gum disease. Additional cleaning measures such as effective interdental cleaning helps treat all levels of gum disease.

Monitoring of disease progression is undertaken regularly after treatment by all clinicians.

Referral (where appropriate)
Where there is little or no response to initial treatment a specialist referral may be advised.

What is the role of the dental hygienist?

Our excellent dental hygienists play a vital role in the success of your periodontal treatment. They will help to reduce symptoms of periodontal disease such as halitosis, bleeding gums when brushing and tooth mobility. They will help you get back on track with a good oral hygiene routine to make sure your gums maintain optimum health.

In addition to improving specific oral hygiene methods our hygienists may need to carry out deep scaling underneath the gum line. This can be done with or without local anaesthesia dependant upon depth of gum pockets. From a preventative point of view this may have to be done on a regular basis to help treat advanced cases.

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease contact our dental team today on 0116 2879608.

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