Gum disease treatment in Market Harborough

The gums are the foundation to a stable, healthy smile, and we can treat and prevent the symptoms of gum disease at Brookside Dental.

Treatment time

From 1 hour

Looking after your gum health

A serious gum infection, also known as Periodontitis, causes damage to the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth, and can cause teeth to loosen and lead to tooth loss.

Usually the result of plaque around the gum line; gum disease can be prevented by brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and getting regular dental checkups and hygiene treatments. 

We can treat gum disease at Brookside Dental with surgical and non-surgical treatments, depending on how advanced the gum disease is. Don’t worry, we’ll present you with all your options after a thorough assessment, and make sure you’re comfortable and pain-free during your treatment.

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What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth.

The gums are the foundation to a stable, healthy smile!

Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen and lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is common but largely preventable. It’s usually the result of plaque around the gum line. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups can greatly improve your chances of successful treatment for periodontitis and can also reduce your chance of developing it.

Dr Ravi has completed a certificate in advanced treatments of periodontitis from the PerioAcademy in London, and is keen to put all his expertise and skills acquired to good use in helping his patients stabilise their gum disease and maintain their natural teeth for longer.

Signs & symptoms

Bleeding gums
Bad breath
Loose teeth

Non-surgical treatments

If periodontitis isn’t advanced, treatment may involve less invasive procedures, including

  • Scaling
    Scaling removes tartar and bacteria from your tooth surfaces and beneath your gums. It may be performed using hand instruments, a laser or an ultrasonic device.
  • Root plaining
    Root plaining smoothens the root surfaces, discouraging further build-up of tartar and bacteria, and removes bacterial by products that contribute to inflammation and delay healing or reattachment of the gum to the tooth surfaces.
  • Topical or oral antibiotics
    Can help control bacterial infection. Topical antibiotics can include antibiotic mouth rinses or insertion of gels containing antibiotics in the space between your teeth and gums or into pockets after deep cleaning. However, oral antibiotics may be necessary to completely eliminate infection-causing bacteria.
  • Airflow
    The use of specialised powder in our new state of the art handpiece allows for 100% plaque and stain removal, above and below the gum line

Surgical treatments

Sometimes, for many reasons, we can get tooth decay and this can lead to a cavity, pain and infection if left untreated.

  • Flap surgery (pocket reduction surgery)
    Your periodontist makes tiny incisions in your gum so that a section of gum tissue can be lifted back, exposing the roots for more effective scaling and root planning. Because periodontitis often causes bone loss, the underlying bone may be recontoured before the gum tissue is sutured back in place. After you heal, it’s easier to clean these areas and maintain healthy gum tissue.
  • Soft tissue grafts
    When you lose gum tissue, your gumline recedes. You may need to have some of the damaged soft tissue reinforced. This is usually done by removing a small amount of tissue from the roof of your mouth (palate) or another donor source and attaching it to the affected site. This can help reduce further gum recession, reduce sensitivity, cover exposed roots and give your teeth a more aesthetic appearance.
  • Bone grafting
    This procedure is performed when periodontitis has destroyed the bone surrounding your tooth root. The graft may be composed of small fragments of your own bone, or the bone may be synthetic or donated. The bone graft helps prevent tooth loss by holding your tooth in place. It also serves as a platform for the regrowth of natural bone.
  • Guided tissue regeneration
    This allows the regrowth of bone that was destroyed by bacteria. In one approach, your dentist places a special piece of biocompatible fabric between existing bone and your tooth. The material prevents unwanted tissue from entering the healing area, allowing bone to grow back instead.
  • Tissue stimulating proteins
    Another technique involves applying a special gel to a diseased tooth root. This gel contains the same proteins found in developing tooth enamel and stimulates the growth of healthy bone and tissue.

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