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Gum disease treatments

At Bow Lane Dental we provide a range of treatments to help prevent or reduce the effects of gum disease.

Gum disease is the swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis, the latter being the more advanced stage of gum disease.

The human mouth can contain millions of bacteria which cause inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). This can progress to periodontitis when the gums pull away from the teeth forming spaces called pockets. These pockets can harbour more bacteria leading to more inflammation. If not treated, the bones and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. Teeth may become loose and may need to be removed.

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Gum disease is more common than we think

The UK Adult Dental Health Survey of 2009 shows that 45% of the whole UK population has periodontitis. The following groups get more severe gum disease than others:

  • People who smoke. Gum disease can be 5 – 8x more severe in smokers
  • People with poorly controlled diabetes
  • People with a family history of gum disease

Do I have gum disease?

You may have early gum disease (gingivitis) if:

  • Your gums are red and swollen
  • Your gums bleed easily when you brush or eat hard foods
  • You have bad breath

With severe disease (periodontitis) you may notice that:

  • Your teeth may become wobbly
  • Your gums may recede making the teeth look longer
  • Spaces may open up between the teeth or some teeth may become more prominent

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Preventing gum disease

We always aim to prevent gum disease in the first place. Our dental hygiene service removes the build up of plaque and calculus that contributes to the onset of gum disease, therefore we recommend regular hygienist appointments.

The benefits of gum disease treatment

  • Any bleeding or swelling of the gums should reduce or disappear
  • Your teeth will last longer
  • Your breath will become fresher
  • Healthier gums mean that you should be able to keep your teeth longer. The improvement will depend on how good your cleaning becomes and how severe your disease was to begin with.

Treating gum disease at Bow Lane Dental

At Bow Lane Dental we can provide a periodontal assessment to check your pocket depth, recession and gum shape & colour to aid with diagnosis and treatment to prevent tooth loss. This assessment is carried out by our specialist Periodontist.

If you’re worried about gum disease please get in touch today.

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