Gum disease may sound scary, but it actually happens to over 90% of UK adults at some point in their lives. And, whilst it can cause serious oral health issues if left untreated, advances in dental technology mean that for those suffering from periodontal disease, there’s always something that can be done. Check out this dentist in upper east side if you think you’re suffering from gum disease and require treatment.

But what is gum disease?

This common condition affects the tissues around the teeth, leaving them red, swollen and tender. It isn’t typically painful, but over time it can become more uncomfortable as the condition progresses. If left untreated, the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) can quickly lead to gum recession, bleeding gums and even tooth loss.

Is gum disease reversible?

Typically, if you spot the signs of gum disease early then you can usually reverse the symptoms with good oral hygiene, including proper brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly.

The NHS advises that brushing your teeth for approximately 2 minutes both morning and night with a good quality toothpaste, and regularly flossing can all help to undo the early signs of gum disease.

However, where gum disease has become more advanced, certain dental treatments may be necessary in order to return your mouth to a healthy state. Some of the most common dental treatments on offer to treat gum disease, include:

  • Scale and polish – A scale and polish is a procedure most of us receive at some point during our routine dental checks and is a pain-free and quick way of getting a “professional clean”. Usually, a dental hygienist will use special instruments to scrape away hardened plaque that couldn’t be removed with regular brushing alone.
  • Root planing – If your gum disease has become more deep-rooted, a regular scale and polish may not be thorough enough. In these cases you might be offered a root planing, which works to remove bacteria from underneath the gums at the root of the teeth. This is a more invasive procedure and you will likely be offered local anaesthetic to numb the area first.
  • Periodontal surgery – As specialists in periodontal treatment, Al-Fa Perio are able to offer a vast armamentarium of options to treat gum disease. From surgical microscopes for unrivalled precision to specific periodontal lasers, they are able to carry out a range of periodontal surgery treatments with minimal intrusion.

The Al-Fa Perio approach to treating gum disease

Al-Fa Perio clinic are unique in that they have been offering specialist treatments for gum disease since 2004. Over the years they have built up a strong reputation for their innovative and highly technical approach, and can offer a range of resources to plan an effective gum disease treatment.

They focus their treatment around four main issues:

  1. Reduction of pockets
  2. Clinical re-attachment
  3. Gum aesthetics
  4. Improved bones levels

Of course, each individual is different and so before your care begins you will be able to discuss at length your treatment options with a specialist. You will also be provided with a personalised report, showing you everything that your specialist found during initial investigations, and what is recommended as the best course of action.

Book your consultation today

Gum disease can seriously harm anyone’s confidence, but the treatment options on offer are so vast and varied, that there’s always something you can do to turn things around.

If you’re looking for a conscientious dentist to treat your gum disease in Essex, be sure to get in touch with the experts over at Al-Fa Perio.