Maida Smiles (W. London)

Tel: 020 3974 1777

Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is irreversible past a particular stage, where our dentists will only be able to manage your symptoms and prevent the disease from progressing further. Gum disease treatment is essential for avoiding receding gums and tooth loss.

Is this your problem?

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Swollen, tender or throbbing gums
  • Heightened tooth sensitivity or plaque and tartar buildup
  • Receding gums and black triangular pockets
  • Bleeding gums when prodded or cleaning
  • Bad breath or unpleasant taste in the mouth

Patients are advised to see a dentist if they experience bleeding, painful and swollen gums or bad breath.

Dr Joanna Quintal is our periodontist and can help you manage, possibly reverse, and alleviate the signs and symptoms of gingivitis and gum disease.

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Treatment for gum disease

Periodontist Dr Quintal can help manage and treat symptoms of gum disease with the following:

  • Regular advanced hygiene and cleaning sessions: Removing tartar and plaque buildup will be essential for keeping the gums healthy and free from harmful bacteria.
  • Deep cleaning under the gums: Deep cleaning is hugely beneficial for patients with gum disease in the early stages, with the possibility of it being reversed altogether. 
  • Laser gum surgery: We use less invasive lasers to remove bacteria from your gums effectively.

Treatment recommendations for advanced forms of the disease, like periodontitis, might involve gum surgery and tooth removal. 

Critical advice

Regular dental checkups will be your best chance at preventing, avoiding and even managing gum disease. Even if you’re not experienced advanced symptoms, allowing the disease to progress has major consequences for the future of your smile.

Treatment Costs

The cost of your gum disease treatment may vary, depending on the extent and stage of the disease.

What you can do at home to help

  • Medicated mouthwash can help alleviate the feeling of throbbing gums whilst also ensuring your gums are as clean as possible.
  • Brush your teeth twice daily (preferably with an electric toothbrush), and ensure you floss after every meal.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months.
  • Use interdental brushes.

Stages of gum disease

  • Stage 1: Gingivitis – calculus builds and gum inflammation (reversible)
  • Stage 2: Periodontitis – inflamed gums separate from teeth forming pockets. Early bone loss (treatable).
  • Stage 3: Advanced periodontitis – deep pockets, severe bone loss and danger of tooth falling out.

If you ignore gum disease, your gums will shrink; your teeth will become lost and eventually fall out. Leading to much more expensive fixes and complex dentistry further down the line.

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