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Gum disease treatment

Gum disease is a very common condition, affecting most adults in the UK at least once. It can have a serious effect on your dental health if left untreated. Some of the symptoms include bleeding gums, sensitive or swollen gums, receding gums, bad breath or loosening teeth.

The type of treatment you’ll have will depend on how severe your gum disease is. Your dentist may refer you for treatment with a dental hygienist or a periodontist.

The most important aspect of treatment for gum disease is an improvement in oral hygiene and a reduction in the amount of deposits on the teeth. Your dentist or hygienist will advise you on methods and techniques that are suitable for you.

If you have gingivitis – the least serious type of gum disease – your dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth thoroughly above and below the gums using a handheld or electric instrument. This is sometimes called a scale and polish.

If you don’t get treatment for gingivitis, the inflammation may spread to the ligaments and bones that hold your teeth in place. This is called periodontitis and leads to a loss of bone and development of deeps pockets around the teeth.

If you have periodontitis you may need extra treatment to remove the plaque, tartar and damaged tooth covering. During the treatment your dentist or hygienist may inject a local anaesthetic into your gums if needed. This will completely block the feeling from your gums but you’ll remain awake during the treatment.

You may also need to have several follow-up appointments so your dentist or hygienist can check the size of any pockets in your gums to ensure your treatment has worked.

You may need to have gum surgery if your gum disease is severe. This will be carried out by a periodontal specialist.

Through specialised surgical techniques, we may be able to restore soft and hard tissue that has been lost where teeth have been extracted due to infection.

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Bupa acquired Oasis Dental Care in 2017 and the Oasis Dental Care practices have been rebranded to Bupa Dental Care. The existing treatments and services, finance options and insurance options included on this website are only relevant to the dental centres included on this website and are not applicable to the acquired dental practices under Bupa Dental Care. To find out about dental services provided by Bupa Dental Care, visit Bupa Dental Care

Bupa Dental Care is a trading name of Oasis Healthcare Limited. Registered in England and Wales No: 03257078. Registered office: Bupa Dental Care Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, United Kingdom BS16 1GW

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