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Periodontal / Gum Disease | WS4 Dental Care

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, often referred to as ‘gum’ disease, is a disease of the gums that results in the gradual and progressive destruction of the tooth supporting tissues. Affecting around 70% of the population, it is caused by bacteria in plaque at the gum line and if left untreated, can lead to loosening of the teeth or even tooth loss.

Example of Periodontitis

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may include bleeding gums, bad breath (halitosis), or recurrent infections in the mouth. Some patients are more susceptible to the disease than others. Several factors, including smoking, pregnancy, stress, medication, diabetes and poor nutrition, may affect the progression of the disease. Additionally, we see patients with few of the causative factors who still have advanced disease and this is why regular follow-up visits with the dentist and the dental hygienist are so important.

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How is Periodontal disease treated?

First, you will have a detailed consultation with our periodontist, to assess how your dentition is affected by periodontal disease. This will include measurements of your gums and x-ray examinations. You will receive information about how gum disease develops, what lifestyle factors may contribute to it in your case, and what you can do to get actively involved in the treatment. We will also consider your specific expectations and preferences.

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More information about treatment

Following this, we will be able to provide you with a detailed report and proposed treatment plan. Further planning appointments may be required in advanced cases which may include planning for the replacement of missing teeth.

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Why have I been referred to a periodontist?

You may have been referred for periodontal treatment for a variety of reasons; either for periodontitis or because you are considering cosmetic treatment which would be enhanced by some preparatory work on your gums. Once all treatment is complete we will inform your dentist of all treatment carried out and what regime is required to maintain future gum health.

What is 'pocket depth reduction'?

If your gums do not heal following conservative management, there may still be pockets that are too deep to clean with regular oral hygiene. A pocket reduction procedure can increase your chance of keeping your natural teeth and decrease the risk of serious health problems arising from periodontal disease.

Why do some people suffer from this problem and not others?

Whilst 10% of the population is susceptible to periodontitis, there are three other major risk factors: family history, stress and smoking. Stopping smoking can significantly reduce the risk. Certain diseases such as diabetes, and even obesity, can also be contributory factors.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Initially you may suffer from gums which appear red, shiny and swollen; they may bleed when you brush your teeth. This condition is known as gingivitis and if left untreated can lead to periodontitis.

Does treatment hurt?

We will make every effort to minimise any discomfort during treatment. Local anaesthetic is offered for all procedures.

How long will treatment last?

The length of treatment varies from case to case. For gum disease problems you will require specialist treatment to bring your condition under control and should then continue a regular oral health maintenance programme. Some cases require preventative sessions every one to three months whilst others only need to be reviewed annually.

How much will treatment cost?

After a thorough initial examination, including x-rays, a treatment plan will be discussed and a written estimate provided. The cost will reflect the difficulty of the case, the procedures involved and the time required for treatment.

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How much does Periodontal treatment cost?

Each case is different, and your treatment will be personalised based on the complexity of your case.

Periodontal Consultation (including full gum assessment and X-rays as required) - £150

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment - £250

Surgical Periodontal Treatment from - £420

Regeneration from - £490

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