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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.
Do you have gum disease? You may need treatment for periodontal disease if you suffer from the following symptoms:
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.
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.
One of our hygienists will use teeth cleaning instruments to remove debris just below the gum line around your teeth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s how you can plan and schedule gum treatment at Allsopp Dental.
We will examine your teeth and gums, answer your questions, and design a custom treatment plan.
After reviewing your treatment options, we will help you choose a flexible payment plan.