Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment
Healthy gums are absolutely vital to maintain healthy teeth and prevent wider health problems including heart disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. It can develop as a result of plaque and tartar build-up around the gum line and if left untreated it can cause your gums to become:
- Prone to bleeding when brushing
Ultimately, the bone supporting the roots of your teeth will become irritated and begin to recede. This is what causes tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to complications such as heart disease, lung infections and premature labour in pregnant women.
Plaque and tartar can build up due to a diet high in sugar or through inadequate brushing. Smoking is also a leading cause of gum disease.
Prevention of Gum Disease at Dee Kay Dental
At Dee Kay Dental in Gainsborough and Sheffield, our experienced, highly-trained dentists will always check for signs of gum disease during all appointments. We recommend seeing your dentist at least once every six months so that any developing gum disease can be spotted early and treated with minimal intervention.
We also recommend that you arrange regular appointments with our hygienist at either our Gainsborough or Sheffield practice, ideally every 3 months, to keep on top of any plaque or tartar build up. Combined with regular brushing, flossing and use of mouthwash, gum disease can be entirely avoided.
Advice will also be given about small changes to your diet and lifestyle that can reduce the risk of future gum disease developing.
Treatment of Gum Disease at Dee Kay Dental
If gum disease does develop, we have a range of treatments available at our Gainsborough or Sheffield practices. Your dentist or hygienist may recommend an intense, deep cleanse of your teeth to stabilise your gums: this is considered the gold standard of treatment for periodontal (gum) disease and involves a scale and polish and dental planing.
If your gum disease is particularly advanced, periodontal surgery is available at Dee Kay Dental. This may involve the extraction of one or more of your teeth, and replacement options will be discussed with you before treatment commences.
Does Treatment for Gum Disease Hurt?
Our dentists and hygienists are very aware that patients can be nervous or frightened when coming for any kind of dental treatment. Deep cleansing of your teeth and gums can be uncomfortable and for that reason we carry out this type of procedure under local anaesthetic so that the treatment is painless for our patients.
Following treatment, your teeth and gums may feel sensitive or sore and your dentist or hygienist will advise you on the best pain relief medication to take – paracetamol and ibuprofen are usually recommended but are unsuitable for some patients, so it is important that you take the advice given by your dentist or hygienist.
How Much does Gum Disease Treatment Cost?
Our range of gum disease treatments cost from just £95. Routine six-monthly check-ups (which include monitoring for signs of gum disease) cost just £30 and a routine scale and polish costs £40. We believe in being up front about our prices and will happily provide quotes for work before you undergo treatment.
Get in Touch
If you have any signs of gum disease, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, pain or swelling, please call us or use our Smile Evaluation form and one of our helpful team will arrange an appointment as soon as possible.