Carl Horton

Benefits of Periodontal Treatment

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.

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.

Treating periodontal disease

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.

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.

Initial treatment will be carried out by our periodontist, with assistance from our hygienist. In advanced cases, a second phase of treatment may be required. You will be given full instruction in oral hygiene and a home-care programme will be developed to ensure the continuing maintenance of your healthy mouth, gums and teeth.