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Gum disease, which dentists call periodontitis, is a serious problem amongst patients of all ages, although it becomes much more prevalent in adults after the mid to late thirties. There are many different types of gum disease which have different treatment needs.
Gum disease is a progressive condition that attacks the attachment between the gums and the teeth (the periodontal ligament). This can happen over a few months or may take years to progress. Eventually though this damage will make the teeth loose. With further progression the teeth become so unstable that they are lost. In the latter stages of the disease it is also common to get painful abcesses on the gums and a bad taste in the mouth. Although the disease is still treatable at this stage it is much easier to correct it before this when simple treatment may be all that is needed. Because dental health has improved in the UK there has been a increase in gum disease because as people do not lose teeth due to decay there is time for gum disease to become apparent and now more teeth are lost due to gum disease than any other cause.
It is also a common misconception that gum disease is either untreatable or that treatment is expensive or ineffective. Neither is true: If caught in time gum disease is extremely responsive to treatment and treatment can be simple and inexpensive.
One problem with gum disease is that it has few symptoms in the early stages and tends to be spotted late on after significant damage has been done, which may then prove difficult to treat. We are very enthusiastic to encourage people with gum disease to recognize the symptoms early and arrange some treatment while it is still simple to fully correct the problem. If you have any of the following symptoms then you could have gum disease and a consultation to check this out would be a good idea:
- Bleeding from gums, especially while brushing your teeth.
- Gums that look puffy and red or ulcerated in appearance
- Bad breath or a metallic taste in your mouth
- Deposits of tartar (calculus) near to the margin of the gum
- Teeth that feel more mobile than they used to
- Teeth that have drifted from their original position
- Pain or swelling associated with the gums
If you do have any of these symptoms then don’t leave things hoping it will settle; gum disease is a chronic disease and can only be cured by professional treatment. The earlier this treatment is started the easier and more cost effective it is to resolve the problem.
If you would like to arrange a consultation with us at Resolution then please contact us and we will be delighted to arrange one for you.
Alternatively you can ask your general dentist to send a referral to us with the relevant details.
|Periodontal Initial Consultation (30 minutes)||£75|
|2nd Opinion / Prognosis Consultation||£90|
|Non Surgical Periodontal Treatment||from £500 – £1000|
|Surgical Periodontal Treatment||from £260 per tooth|