Periodontitis (gum) disease

Have you noticed severe swelling or bleeding every time you brush your teeth? Periodontitis, or gum disease, is more common than you think, but that doesn’t mean you should live with the pain and discomfort.

At Wimpole Street Dental Clinic, we can provide periodontitis treatment as soon as we diagnose the disease. We’ll then use a structured recall system to help you prioritise regular dental check-ups and oral health appointments to prevent gum disease in the future.

What does gum disease look like?

Even if you’re not in pain, you could still be experiencing the early stages of periodontal disease. The most common signs of periodontitis (gum) disease include:

  • Bleeding gums, specifically while flossing or brushing your teeth
  • Swollen gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus
  • Bad breath that lasts even after brushing your teeth

If you notice one or more of these symptoms occurring on a regular basis, it’s in your best interests to get in touch with a dentist or dental hygienist.

The stages of periodontal disease

Healthy GumsGingivitis

Healthy Gums → Gingivitis → Mild Periodontitis → Moderate Periodontitis

 

What are the causes of periodontitis (gum) disease?

Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth and harden, causing a gum infection. If left untreated, it could potentially lead to other oral health and overall wellness issues.

The most common risk factors for gum disease include:

  • Overwhelming plaque and tartar build-up, or poor oral health patterns
  • Family history of gum disease
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Changes in hormones, specifically in women during pregnancy
  • A weakened immune system
  • Certain prescribed medications

The severity of the condition ranges on a case-by-case basis.

 

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What can you do if you have gum disease?

When faced with gum disease, many ask themselves: Is periodontal disease treatable? You’ll be happy to hear that the answer is yes.

Once your dentist or dental hygienist goes in and treats the disease, it’s important to take aftercare seriously as a preventive measure against the condition returning. We recommend:

  • Committing to regular dental check-ups
  • Getting your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist at least twice every year
  • Having good oral hygiene habits at home

The more effort you put into taking care of your teeth and gums, the less likely it is that periodontitis will return.

 

What is the cost of periodontitis treatment?

Cost expectations for periodontal disease treatment can be difficult to disclose until your consultation because the price varies from one patient to another. However, the following periodontal disease treatment costs should provide a sense of what to expect for your total fees:

  • Periodontal review — £135
  • Non-surgical deep scaling and root planing per jaw — starting at £600
  • Surgical deep scaling and root planing per jaw — starting at £900
  • Aesthetic periodontal surgery — starting at £1,200
  • Lateral repositioned flap to cover recessions — starting at £800
  • Vertical repositioned flap to cover recessions — starting at £1,200
  • Periodontal regeneration — starting at £1,100
  • Gingival graft — starting at £800

Remember: These numbers are ranges; your dental professional will provide a definite price during your consultation.

 


 

Let us help you fight bacteria and regain confidence

When the sensitivity and swelling finally subsides, you can feel confident and comfortable about your own smile again. Learn more about our periodontitis treatment provided by the award-winning dental professionals at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic in London and book your appointment today.

Book online or call 020 3745 7455


 

What happens if gum disease goes untreated?

When periodontal disease goes untreated, it can ultimately lead to something as severe as bone loss, and lost support structure can cause tooth loss.

Periodontal disease doesn’t only impact oral health, however. Bacteria can enter your bloodstream through the gum tissue and cause:

  • Diabetes.
    Periodontitis makes it more difficult to control your blood sugar levels.
  • Increased risk for strokes and heart attacks.
    Bacteria absorbed into the bloodstream can cause infections of the heart, as well as the hip and knee joints.
  • Pregnancy complications.
    Severe forms of periodontitis can lead to low birth weight in newborn babies.

How do dentists treat gum disease?

Taking care of your teeth and gums is essential to prevent tooth loss and bone loss in your mouth. If you end up with periodontitis, we can offer an extensive periodontal disease treatment plan that prioritises your oral health through an effective, timely process. You can expect the following:

  • Immediate diagnosis after analysing the current state of your oral health and discussing your current regular dental habits.
  • A careful, meticulous treatment done by a professional dental hygienist who removes the plaque and tartar from the gum pockets.
  • A re-evaluation of your gums four to six weeks after your initial cleaning to ensure no further inflammation.

We will then ask you to prioritise long term care; regular check-ups and dental wellness appointments after the initial treatment are essential to keep the inflammation down.

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Wimpole Street Dental Clinic
  • 55 Wimpole Street
  • Marylebone
  • London
  • W1G 8YL
  • T.020 3745 7455

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