Treatments for gum disease in Borough Green
Gum disease (gingivitis) is caused when bacteria in the mouth stick to the surface of the teeth and form plaque. The plaque can cause inflammation of the gums, resulting in a change of colour and texture. One tell-tale symptom of gingivitis is gums that bleed when brushing.
If left untreated, the gums and jawbone that anchor the teeth may start to erode, which is known as periodontal disease or periodontitis. In more advanced cases, this can result in severe gum pockets and bone recession, causing teeth to become loose and even fall out. Periodontal disease is best treated by a dental professional, with a combination of techniques to carefully clean the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from the affected teeth. This treatment can have limitations, but our team has the skills and knowledge to apply more complex treatments should they be required.
Depending on the severity of your condition, we will develop a personalised programme to support your on-going care. You will be given full instructions in the oral hygiene procedures you need to follow and a home care programme will be recommended to ensure you maintain a healthy mouth. Although there is no cure for periodontitis, it can be controlled as long as you maintain a thorough and regular oral care routine to remove plaque on a daily basis. This should be supplemented by regular visits to the hygienist and dentist.