Expert Gum Disease
(Periodontal) Treatment

Based on 126 reviews

  • Stop Bleeding Gums – we can help you stabilise gum disease
  • Avoid Tooth & Bone Loss – advanced periodontal techniques 
  • Expertise – we’ve helped hundreds of patients with gum disease
  • Sedation – we offer Periodontal Treatment under Sedation in house

Incredible Patient Outcomes

Julie M
Julie M
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Would highly recommend Rose excellent hygienist very thorough, my teeth look and feel so much better
Roshan R
Roshan R
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I cannot recommend this practice highly enough. As someone who has avoided the Dentist like the plague because of some terrible experiences in the past, I have absolutely no regrets
Tom C
Tom C
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Great Dentists for nervous patients, made me feel very much at ease. many thanks.
Jamie H
Jamie H
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After a month of instruction to use brushes on my gums and special mouth wash. On inspection my gums are now a lot better and do not need any more work for now on them.

If you would like to discuss your gum health issues, and want proactive Periodontal Treatment, please get in touch today and one of our team will be happy to help you.

Periodontal Treatment - Advice

Do you suffer from inflamed or bleeding gums?  

Here’s a guide on what Periodontal Treatment actually is, what kinds of symptoms it can help and also the impact on overall dental health.

In this article, I cover:

Before we delve into these, let me start with an overview on all things Gum.

What is Periodontal Treatment?

Periodontal treatment is a range of dental procedures aimed at treating and stabilising gum disease.

The goal is to halt the progress of the disease, restore your gum health, and prevent future problems like tooth loss. It involves everything from thorough dental cleaning to more complex surgical and non-surgical interventions.

Periodontal health is vital for the long term health of teeth. When gum health declines, structures supporting your teeth can become weakened or damaged.

And without wanting to be alarmist, weakened gums can cause tooth loss as well as other systemic health issues (which I cover later in the article too).

Gum Disease is widespread

Gum disease is extremely prevalent. In 2009, the Adult Dental Health Survey (ADHS) found that 60% of adults aged 55 years and older showed signs of periodontitis.

And 45% of adults in the UK showed some form of periodontal disease.

I wanted to call this out because some patients may feel like it’s their fault.  It really isn’t and is a natural result of diet, oral health habits as we age.

The good news is that with the right intervention, it can be stabilised.

What can Periodontal Treatment help with?

Patients can identify a number of different symptoms. Here’s an overview of what periodontal treatment can address:

  • Gum Disease: Also known as periodontitis, it’s a serious infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone.
  • Gingivitis: This is the early stage of gum disease and can be reversed with proper care and treatment.
  • Receding Gums: Often a result of periodontitis, it’s a condition where your gums pull back from the tooth surface, exposing the root of the tooth.
  • Bleeding Gums: This is often one of the first signs of a potential gum problem.
  • Sore Gums: Constant soreness, discomfort or inflammation of the gums may indicate a gum disease.

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Non Surgical Periodontal Treatment

We offer non-surgical periodontal treatments to patients right across Essex, providing expert care that prioritises your comfort and wellbeing.

Non-surgical periodontal treatment typically involves a process that identifies and removes sub gingival (below gum-line) plaque and calculus with specific equipment.

This can be called PMPR, or Professional Mechanical Plaque Removal.

If gum disease is already present, PMPR serves as a crucial part of the treatment process, helping to halt the disease’s progression and restore oral health.

Non-surgical Periodontal treatments like PMPR are always performed under local anaesthetic, so you won’t need to worry about pain or discomfort during the procedure.

And at the practice, we are able to offer Sedation alongside Periodontal treatment for those feeling anxious or nervous about treatment.

Long Term Impact

Gum disease, if left untreated, can have pretty big consequences.

Initially, it might cause bleeding gums, bad breath, and gum recession.

Over time, it can lead to loosening of the teeth due to the destruction of the supporting tissues and bone around the teeth.  This may in turn affect how you chew and speak but can also change the appearance and shape of your smile.

Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

There’s a direct causal link between gum disease and subsequent tooth loss.

Teeth are held in place by the surrounding tissues and bone, and when gum disease damages these structures, teeth can become loose.

By stabilising gum disease through treatment and maintaining good oral hygiene, we can prevent or slow down this process, helping you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.

As a clinician, my belief is that if a patient can keep healthy teeth, it’s always the best and most cost effective option for your long term dental health.

Gum Disease and Your Heart (Cardiovascular health)

A growing body of research has suggested a link between oral health and cardiovascular health. Studies show that gum disease is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease and can exacerbate existing heart conditions.

Scientists think the link between your heart and your gums is through inflammation.

Stabilising gum disease may reduce inflammation and therefore could help protect against heart disease, though more research is needed to fully understand this connection.

Periodontal Treatment Process

I thought it’d be useful at this point to walk through the typical journey when undertaking periodontal treatment. This is something your dentist will be able to give more tailored detail.

  • Assessment: We start with a comprehensive examination of your oral health to assess the extent of gum disease.  This typically lasts up to one hour.
  • Six Point Pocket Chart: A comprehensive charting system used to determine the severity of your gum disease.
  • Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment: this may be one or multiple sessions spread over several weeks or months.
  • Maintenance with Hygienist: Regular cleanings and maintenance with a hygienist are crucial to managing your gum health.  Airflow is great for this.
  • Review and Aftercare: After treatment, we will continue to monitor your gum health
  • Advice on Oral Hygiene: Advice on maintaining oral hygiene for long-term gum health

In Summary

Periodontal treatment, encompassing a spectrum of dental procedures from deep cleaning to surgical and non-surgical interventions, is instrumental in preventing and addressing gum disease.

Gum disease is a widespread issue and it affects almost half of the UK adult population. If left unchecked, can have severe ramifications including tooth loss and possible heart conditions.

Periodontal Treatment like PMPR, regular hygiene, and improved oral hygiene habits can stabilise gum disease and improve the long term prognosis of teeth.

Don’t let concerns about your gum health go unanswered.

If you’re experiencing symptoms like bleeding gums, receding gums, or constant soreness, or if you simply seek advice on maintaining your dental health, reach out to us.

Dr Kaly Gengeswaran

BSc (Hons), BDS Lon, PG Dip (Sed)

If you would like to discuss your gum health issues, and want proactive Periodontal Treatment, please get in touch today and one of our team will be happy to help you.