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Gum Disease treatment in South Kensington London (Periodontal Disease treatment in South Kensington London)

What is Gum Disease?

Gum Disease also known as Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and underlying bone which support your teeth.

It is caused by a build up of the bacteria which live in the plaque and calculus on your teeth. The bacteria and toxins produced by the bacteria irritate your gums.

If you don’t remove plaque from your teeth and gums every day, you may find that your gums become swollen and red and that they bleed easily when you brush your teeth.

As the disease progresses, your gums may pull away from your teeth to form pockets or gaps between your teeth and gums. We call these gaps Periodontal Pockets.

As periodontal pockets can be very difficult to clean out properly, they tend to fill up with more plaque and calculus. They can become infected.

At Thurloe Street dental we provide treatments for Gum Disease to patients from South Kensington, Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Gloucester Road, Sloane Square, Fulham, Battersea, Clapham and all across London and the United Kingdom. Thurloe Street Dental in South Kensington, London provides a full range of cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and restorative dentistry procedures.

Is Gum Disease dangerous?

If the infection in the periodontal pockets spreads to your underlying jawbone, your teeth may become loose. Gum disease is the main reason for tooth loss in adults.

What are the signs of Gum Disease?

You might notice that you have bleeding gums, bad breath, receding gums or loose teeth depending on how advanced the disease has become. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should not delay seeing a dentist.

How is Gum Disease treated or what is the procedure of Gum Disease treatment?

It is important to establish the health of your gums and how we will assess how much gum damage and bone loss occurred in your mouth. We will note how much your gums bleed when gently touched. We will measure gum recession and a special instrument called a Periodontal Probe may be used to measure the depth of the periodontal pockets. This is called a BPE or a CIPTN score. We will check your X-rays for bone loss and look for loose teeth.

The type of treatment you require will depend on how advanced your particular case of gum disease is. We will explain this to you after your first periodontal examination.
The main aim of gum disease treatment is to make your gums and bone healthy and to keep them that way.

The initial phase of the treatment is to destroy the biofilm which is a layer of bacteria on the teeth and gums and to remove hardened plaque (calculus) from the teeth and gums. Over several appointments we will gradually remove plaque and calculus from your teeth and from under your gums and disturb the process of the biofilm build up.

We will show you practical and easy ways to stop the plaque from building up around your gums and also show you the areas in your mouth where you need to pay special attention. We will teach you ways through innovative and practical to use products and methods to keep your teeth free from plaque build up. We highly recommend the use of a Xylitol and Fluoride regime which has proven very effective against the formation of biofilm on the teeth (a layer of bacteria). Read more about this proven defence regime against gum disease.

How often will you need to return for treatment?

The numbers of appointments vary depending on the severity of your disease. Up to 4 sessions of deep cleaning and calculus removal sessions may be needed.

Once your gum disease is under control, you will need to return for dental check ups and scaling and polishing sessions. We recommend signing up to our exclusive Smile for Life Patient Membership Plan which is designed to help to stay on top of your oral health and make private dental treatment an affordable option.

Gum disease will only occur if you allow it to.

As your gums and bone become healthier, you may notice some changes in your mouth.

• Your teeth may become a little sensitive (specially to cold food).
• Your gums may recede as they become less swollen as the disease regresses.
• You may notice gaps between your teeth, or change in the length of your teeth. This is due to gum recession.
• Some teeth may feel loose for a while which is usually normal. If you have any concerns please book an appointment so we can check all is healing well.

Do we recommend Laser Treatment for Gum Disease?

Lasers for the treatment of Gum Disease are being used by some practitioners. It is reported that the use of lasers to remove bacteria from under the gum surface results in less tissue damage, swelling and bleeding. It is also reported that with this method the recovery time is reduced.

However there is inconclusive evidence that Laser Treatment for Gum Disease is better than conventional treatment. Laser treatment is expensive – costing up to £700 a session. Some practitioners claim that 5 of these sessions maybe needed but there is no guarantee to how many will be required. Adding the cost of consultations, diagnostics and laser sessions, the treatment costs can mount in excess of £4000. After the laser treatment, you will need to continue seeing the hygienist for maintenance and to keep the gum disease at bay. At Thurloe Street Dental we do not use lasers as the value analysis for our patients provide little benefit.

The best treatment is a long term approach aimed at maintaining and controlling Gum Disease and keeping gums and teeth healthy. There are no “short cuts” or “5 visit cures” to gum disease. The Gum Disease treatment that works is a process of:
1. Removal of biofilm and calculus from under the gum level and the tooth surface allowing and enabling you to clean areas previously covered with hardened deposits.
2. Disturbing the mechanical cycle of biofilm formation on the gum and tooth surface.
3. Maintaining a plaque free mouth through a carefully planned out regime of oral care and demonstrating practical ways you can maintain your healthy mouth.
4. Sometimes we may need to reshape some of the teeth or gum to enable you to clean the suspect areas properly.

We take a thoroughly preventative approach and identify bottlenecks in your oral care regime that result in the inflammation in the gums and eventually Gum Disease.

What can you do to prevent or control Gum Disease?

You need to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth every day. We cannot stress this enough!

At Thurloe Street Dental, we take a preventative approach to oral health. We offer an exclusive monthly payment plan, the Smile for Life Patient Membership Plan designed to keep you on top of your oral health. This plan makes private dental treatment for Gum Disease or Periodontal Disease in South Kensington, London, an affordable option.

You should maintain a well-balanced diet and have regular dental checkups and hygiene treatments.

How much does Treatment for Gum Disease cost?

• Thorough dental examination including a BPE chart to measure gum and bone levels: £95
• Deep cleaning and calculus removal sessions to remove biofilm and hardened tartar from the gums and tooth surfaces and to disinfect the mouth: £150 per session (4 or more maybe needed)
• Thorough Scale and Polish with the hygienist to maintain healthy gums and teeth: £92 per session
• Regular dental check ups to check gum and bone levels are being maintained and ensure all is well: £75

We recommend signing up to our exclusive Smile for Life Patient Membership Plan which is designed to help you stay on top of your oral health and make private dental treatment an affordable option.

This plan is specially suited to patients looking for Gum Disease treatment in South Kensington, Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Gloucester Road, Sloane Square, Fulham, Battersea, Clapham and all across London and the United Kingdom.

Thurloe Street Dental in South Kensington, London provides a full range of cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, general dentistry, and restorative dentistry procedures.

To book an appointment to discuss gum disease treatment call Thurloe Street Dental in South Kensington today on 02075845551.

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