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Dentist – Gum Disease

What is Gum Disease?

Gum Disease affects thousands of people all over the world and can lead to a loss of appetite, and a general unwell feeling. It’s severities range from mild inflammation to a serious disease causing problems affecting the bones which support the teeth.

How does it occur?

Gum disease is often triggered by the array of bacteria in our mouths. These bacteria then cause plaque, which when hardens becomes calculus.

It is thus very important to remove any build-up of plaque, through thorough brushing, and visiting a hygienist or dentist on a frequent basis to get professional cleaning.

Gingivitis:

Gingivitis is the name given to inflation of the gums. A patient has gingivitis when gums are red, swollen or bleed, but does not include loss of bone. It is a mild type of disease but if left can lead to a more serious form called Periodontis.

Periodontitis:

A more serious form of gum disease is periodontitis. This involves inflammation around the tooth, when the gums separate themselves from the tooth and infection occurs.

Periodontitis can also be caused by other reasons apart from general poor oral health. Causes include smoking, diabetes and medications. There are associations with lifestyle such as obesity. https://www.bsperio.org.uk/periodontal-disease/periodontitis-and-general-health.html

If you are worried that you may have a problem with gum disease, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We can provide professional treatment to meet your specific problems.

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Restorative Dentistry

We use both tooth coloured and amalgam fillings for this treatment since each material has a particular benefit that can result in a more predictable outcome – and we want our dentistry to last!

But whatever material is used, the correct placement techniques are required and these often involve a little extra time and care and as part of the examination consultation, we will discuss the pros and cons of each material’s suitability.

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Preventative Dentistry

At London Road Dental Practice, we feel prevention is better than cure and with regular dental examinations and visits, our dental hygienists can help you maintain good oral health.

Where fillings fail or holes occur, we aim to pick them up early as small fillings generally last longer than larger ones.

Dentistry is not rocket science and a common sense treatment plan keeps dentistry simple which makes treatments more predictable and better value for money.

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Hygienist

Gum (periodontal) disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss. But regular visits with a hygienist can play a vital role in the prevention of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

If left untreated, gum disease can result in the loss of the tooth’s foundations which can ultimately lead to becoming “long in the tooth” (not age related), and wobbly teeth.

Gum disease has been linked to general health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

Hygiene therapy is crucial in modern dentistry especially as we are now keeping our teeth longer – we have a two way partnership, working together.

Visit our Dental Hygienist Page for more information.

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