Carl Horton

Periodontal Treatment FAQs

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.

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.