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Periodontics Selsdon

Periodontics is the treatment of periodontitis or periodontal disease, which involves an inflammation of the gum. If left untreated, it can lead to bad breath and possibly even tooth loss. The gums become inflamed due to the bacteria in the plaque on the surface of the tooth.

Periodontitis can affect many areas, including the gums and bones. A pocket can form between the root of the tooth and the gum where bacteria builds up and calculus can develop. 

This issue is often labelled as the ‘silent disease’ due to many people being unaware of their condition until the advanced stages. 10% of the population suffer from more severe forms of gum disease.

Periodontics Selsdon Faqs

Signs and symptoms are extremely variable, but may include:

  • Swelling or reddening of the gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath

At Selsdon Smiles, we treat every case of periodontitis as its own disease as it can differ so greatly from person to person. We will assess your situation and identify the most suitable course of action. 

Typically, treatment is focused on plaque control, since plaque is the principal cause of gum disease.

You can easily keep your plaque under control through improved oral hygiene. Your dentist will clean your teeth and their roots, removing plaque and tartar from beneath the gums. The main objective of any treatment is to thoroughly clean the gum pocket.

1. Stabilising Your Gum Condition – In your initial consultation with one of our specialists, they will teach you the best routine to successfully clean plaque from the teeth and gums. One of our dentists or hygienists will also remove any tartar from your mouth. Throughout this treatment phase, we will record how well you remove plaque from your teeth. You will benefit from fresher breath and firmer gums.

After several weeks of healing, we will assess your gums’ response to the treatment. This reassessment appointment is extremely vital as we can determine how successful our therapy has been and whether further treatment will be needed.

2. Correct the Effects of Gum Diseases – In some instances, surgery may be required. This is frequently the case around the molar (back) teeth.

Surgery will hopefully revitalise some of the lost gum and bone around the teeth. Your gums should fully heal after a week or so.

Once your active treatment has been completed, we recommend that you see the dental hygienist regularly to prevent further issues from arising. One appointment every three months for the first year is optimal. Your hygienist will keep in touch and monitor the progress of your gum disease under close review.

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