How is gum disease treated?
The type of treatment you will have will depend on how serious your gum disease is. The aim of treatment is to control any existing gum disease and prevent further problems.
- You may be able to treat mild gum disease (gingivitis) with a daily brushing and flossing routine. Your dentist or hygienist will arrange regular check-ups with you to monitor the size of any pockets in your gums, as well as how easily your gums bleed, to make sure these get better over time.
- Your clinician will use a periodontal probe to measure the depth of any gaps between your teeth and gums. They may check how easily your gums bleed and how much plaque and tartar you have on your teeth. You may also need X-rays to check the state of your teeth and jaw bone.
- Root-planning may be required to treat periodontitis or acute necrotising ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG). Root planning removes plaque, tartar, and damaged tooth covering. Your dentist or hygienist may use a local anaesthetic to make the root-planning more comfortable. This will completely block the feeling from your gums.
- Treatment with antibiotics may be recommended if you have a very serious infection. Antiseptic mouthwash may be recommended by a hygienist to help discourage the growth of bacteria. However, a mouthwash can't remove plaque already built up on your teeth - this must be brushed off or removed by a hygienist.
- If you have more serious periodontitis, and other treatments haven't worked, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist for gum surgery. This is a healthcare professional who specialises in treating periodontal diseases. We have many specialists through the Bupa Dental Care network. Gum surgery may help to remove bacteria and repair your gums and bone. It may also improve how your teeth look and reduce any sensitivity.
If your dentist thinks you have periodontitis:
For more information on treatments for gum disease contact your local Bupa Dental Care practice.
If you think you may have gum disease, you should seek advice from your dentist. Find your nearest Bupa Dental Care practice and book an appointment.
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