Treatment And Prevention Of Gum Disease In Hertfordshire

Six monthly appointments with our Cheshunt dentists are key to having a healthy mouth.

We are pragmatic enough to know that quite a lot of people don’t really like to visit the dentist even though modern equipment and procedures makes it a much more pleasant experience these days.

Most people though, do accept the need for regular ongoing dental care, and, at The Lodge Dental Suite, we do our best to make sure that appointments are as pleasant and comfortable for patients as any dental visit can be.

This is an important part of our work, and one that we don’t take lightly. That little extra effort by our dental team can help encourage patients to keep their appointments and maintain a healthy mouth. It is when patients start missing appointments that things can take a turn for the worse.

Check ups

At the heart of good dental care is regular professional supervision. This is important as any dental problems, such as decay, can be detected and treated early on. Whilst this is important for decay, it is even more critical for the detection of gum disease in its early stages. Providing that we are able to spot signs of gum disease early on, treatment is reasonably straightforward. There are many potential symptoms of gum disease, some are quite easy to spot, such as bleeding or sore gums. There are other signs though which can only be detected by a dentist, and, without these regular checks, gum disease can easily advance and become a serious problem.

Treatment

Whilst prevention; i.e. good brushing, flossing and dental checks, are key in the prevention of gum disease, once it is detected, it needs to be treated. This can involve extra visits to the hygienist who will use a procedure called a ‘scale and polish’ to remove plaque and tartar (hardened bacteria) that has become attached to the teeth and on the gum line. As well as removing plaque, this should leave your teeth both looking and feeling cleaner too. If your gum issues are more advanced, then we may call on the services of a Periodontist (a specialist ‘gum dentist’) who will perform more complex procedures to help stop the spread of disease.

Providing that regular visits to our Cheshunt dental practice are maintained, you should not experience any of the serious effects of gum disease, and should need no more than the usual scale and polish, as well as good care at home, to maintain good oral health.

Periodontitis

If early stage gum disease is not treated, and is allowed to advance, it is known as periodontitis. This is a much more serious condition in which not only are the gums sore and bleeding, but the bacteria has advanced below the gum line, affecting the bone which holds it in place. When the bone is affected in this manner, it can gradually shrink and teeth become less secure and may fall out. This stage of gum disease can be treated by cleaning the tooth all the way down to the roots but it is a  more complex procedure performed using a local anaesthetic. Depending on how advanced the periodontitis has become, tooth loss may still occur.

We urge all of our patients from the Cheshunt, Waltham Cross and Waltham Abbey areas to ensure that they visit our dental practice at least every six months, so that we can monitor, and treat any issues such as gum disease early on. You can make an appointment with us by calling The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643388.