Periodontics

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While moderate gum inflammation is considerably prevalent among many individuals, 10% of the population will suffer from more severe forms of gum disease at some point in their lives. Gum disease is not only painful but could also potentially lead to tooth loss if left untreated. That’s why we offer periodontic treatments for our patients here at Surbiton Smiles.
We consider prevention the cure. At Surbiton Smiles, we are always looking to prevent problems before they happen. Rather than waiting for an issue and performing wishful treatments, we aim to avoid potential problems early by picking up on factors such as poor oral hygiene or diet choices.

WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?

In adults, the leading cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis. This refers to gum inflammation, a painful and potentially harmful condition that can affect people at any point in their lives. It may be caused by hereditary disposition or by excessive sugar intake. It generally occurs because of a buildup of bacteria-filled plaque on the tooth’s surface.

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ARE THERE ANY SIGNS OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE I CAN LOOK OUT FOR?

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Periodontal disease is often considered a ‘silent disease’, as it can be hard to catch until it is in the advanced stages.

Although signs and symptoms vary, they could include:

  • Redness and inflammation of the gums
  • Gums that bleed when brushing
  • Loosened teeth
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath

IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE TREATABLE?

At Surbiton Smiles, we know how devastating periodontitis can be. Our specialists can treat all stages of this disease and will always recommend the best course of action for you.
Our team focuses on plaque control, as plaque buildup is the number one cause of gum disease. We work with you to improve your oral hygiene and teach a highly effective teeth-cleaning technique that will help remove any dirt or bacteria from under your gums, which can lead us to more severe problems if not addressed quickly enough.

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HOW DO I STABILISE MY GUM CONDITION?

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Our expert dentists will demonstrate how to ensure your teeth and gums are as clean as possible during your initial consultation. They will also professionally remove any tartar on your teeth, which will improve your breath and give you healthier gums and less mobile teeth. For future reassessment purposes, they will record how well the plaque has been removed from each tooth at regular intervals. This will allow you and your dentist to judge whether the treatment has been successful and whether any further steps are necessary.

HOW TO CORRECT THE EFFECTS OF GUM DISEASE?

If you have deep gum pockets, it may be necessary to perform surgery on your teeth. Our specialists will assess the situation throughout the initial phase and then decide if this treatment suits you, depending on how successfully we can clean up the glands. Because the surgery is straightforward, the healing time is usually as quick as a week. It is sometimes possible to regenerate some lost gum and bone through specialist dental techniques.

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HOW CAN I PREVENT PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE?

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Attending regular dental hygiene appointments is a great way to maintain your oral hygiene and prevent future problems after your active treatment. Research has shown that one dental visit every three months after the treatment period works best for most people, but this may vary depending on the type of bacteria or plaque buildup you initially had. Your dental hygienist will examine the progress of your gum disease and keep it under review in case further treatment is required.

To discuss periodontics with a member of our expert staff, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today for a consultation.

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