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At a glance
What is gum disease?
Signs of gum disease
Treatment for gum disease
Frequently asked questions
Your journey

Gum disease & treatment: what you need to know

Your gums are just as important as your teeth!

Treatment duration

30 minutes to one hour

Cost

£60–120

Book an appointment

Gum treatment could change your life. Call us on 01922 614 685 or book online to schedule a visit.

What problems can gum treatment help?

Inflamed gums

Sore gums

Bleeding gums

Bad breath

Gum recession

Loose teeth

At a glance:

  • Gum health is essential to your overall health
  • Professional deep scaling and root planing treatments with a dental hygienist
  • Evening appointments available until 7PM on Mondays

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection in your gums. It is caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque and tartar (dental calculus). If you do not remove this bacterial debris regularly, it can trigger inflammation in your gums that makes them swell and pull away from your teeth. Left untreated, the infection can spread into the ligaments and bone around your teeth.

Signs of gum disease

Do you have gum disease? You may need treatment for periodontal disease if you suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Gum recession
  • Gums that bleed whenever you brush or floss
  • Gums that have rolled edges or a puffy appearance
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth

Gum disease begins as a common condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis is reversible inflammation in your gums marked by some bleeding and redness. If you have gingivitis and do not treat it, the condition can worsen and turn into periodontal disease.

Treatment for gum disease

Gum disease weakens the supporting bone around your teeth and can make them loose and prone to falling out. Years of research link gum disease to other serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

If you suspect that you may need treatment for gum disease, then contact Allsopp Dental right away. The most important way to combat the effects of gum disease is to get rid of the bacteria and other debris that are irritating your gums.

We offer special cleanings that help to eliminate harmful bacteria. These include:

Deep scaling

One of our hygienists will use teeth cleaning instruments to remove debris just below the gum line around your teeth.

Root planing

In this treatment, a hygienist will use special tools to smooth out the roots of affected teeth which have calculus and bacteria embedded in their surfaces. Root planing can help the inflamed gum tissue to heal and reattach to your teeth.

We also offer personalised oral hygiene counselling to show you how you can keep your gums healthy.

Book a hygiene appointment today

Healthy teeth make up only half of a beautiful smile; healthy gums are just as important! Let our team of dental professionals help you enjoy excellent oral health. We offer hygiene appointments until 9 PM on Thursdays. Ask us about booking an evening appointment, if that suits your schedule.

Call Allsopp Dental today to schedule a dental check-up.

Common questions about gum disease and gum treatments

  • Does gum disease hurt?

    The strange thing about gum disease is that it rarely hurts, so you may not realise you have it until the infection is very advanced. Your gums may feel tight or itchy or it may hurt to floss, but other than that, there is little physical discomfort.

  • Why do I need gum treatment?

    If gum disease does not hurt you, then you might think there is no reason to treat it. But even if it is not painful, gum disease still has serious consequences. It can lead to the loss of teeth, cause chronic bad breath, and can even increase your risk for developing other serious health conditions.

  • Can I get gum treatment on the NHS?

    Yes, periodontal treatment is covered under Band 2 dental treatment on the NHS. To learn more about how much your treatment may cost and how you can afford gum treatment, please see our financial information page.

  • What are my alternatives to gum treatment?

    A deep cleaning that removes bacterial debris from below your gum is the only way to stop the infection from spreading. If you do not have gum treatment, the infection in your gums may worsen to the point where some of your teeth become compromised. 

    If you have already suffered from advanced gum disease, then you may need to consider tooth replacements such as dentures or dental implants.

  • How can I prevent periodontal disease?

    Keep your gums healthy by brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day, and by having a dental checkup and clean at least twice per year. You can also improve your gum health by not smoking and by keeping chronic health conditions like diabetes under control.

Your journey with us

Here’s how you can plan and schedule gum treatment at Allsopp Dental.

1

Book an appointment online

Complete a short form or call our practice directly on 01922 614 685 to schedule an appointment.

2

Visit our Walsall dental practice

We will examine your teeth and gums, answer your questions, and design a custom treatment plan.

3

Review your treatment plan

After reviewing your treatment options, we will help you choose a flexible payment plan.

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For nervous patients

We are ready to help. Dental anxiety is a very common issue, but it does not have to prevent you from getting the treatment you need. We can provide you with gentle dental sedation on-site at our practice to help you relax during your treatment.

  • 01922 614 685
  • Allsopp Dental Practice
    26 Bridge Street, Walsall, WS1 1HR
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  • Monday
    8:30am - 5.00pm
  • Tuesday
    8:30am - 5.00pm
  • Wednesday
    8:30am - 5.00pm
  • Thursday
    8:30am - 9.00pm
  • Friday
    8:30am - 5.00pm
  • Saturday
    Closed
  • Sunday
    Closed