Gum Disease

 

 

 

Gum Disease

 

Gum or periodontal disease is a very common condition. Four out of every five adults have it and aren’t even aware. Periodontal disease is defined as a condition, affecting the gums or other tissues surrounding the teeth. Gums are swollen, sore or infected, due to a build-up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria, some of which is harmful to the gums.

There are various stages of gum disease, with the first being gingivitis or inflammation. If not treated properly, a condition called periodontitis can develop, affecting the tissues supporting the teeth, holding them in place. The final stage is advanced periodontitis. As the gums, bone and periodontal ligaments drastically deteriorate, teeth can become loose and may fall out.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Tenderness and/or discomfort
  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding and/or receeding gums
  • New spacing between your teeth
  • Pus around the teeth and gums

If you experience any of the symptoms above, please contact us immediately for an appointment.

Treatment

The treatment of gum/periodontal disease depends on the severity.

Gingivitis Stage:

One or two professional cleanings by our hygienist and advice on how to increase daily dental hygiene.

Periodontitis:

A deep periodontal cleaning is required. The cleaning includes scaling (removal of plaque, tartar and/or toxins above and below the gums) and root debridement (smoothing of rough spots on the root surfaces), is recomended. This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and gum pockets to shrink. If this procedure is unsuccessful, surgery may be needed to reduce the pocket depths.

If a tooth has already been lost to advanced periodontitis, the dentist will recommend and explain various restorative dental procedures with you.

 

Please contact us or call 01403 252646 for an appointment.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

As you are aware the Chief Dental Officer announced on 28 May, that dental practices across England will be allowed to begin the process of reopening for all emergency and routine face-to-face dental care from Monday 8 June.

We have been clear in all our communication throughout the pandemic, that our first priority is the wellbeing of our patients and colleagues, and this continues to be the case. As a result, Worthing Road Dental Practice will only be reopening once we are satisfied that we have all of the necessary processes and personal protective equipment (PPE) in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

Rest assured, we will be working through the information as quickly as possible as and when it becomes available.  We will be communicating directly with you soon and via our website with more information about when the practice will re-open. In the meantime, please do not attempt to make a new appointment. If you experiencing a dental emergency such as severe pain or need advice you should continue to contact the surgery who will be able to help on 01403 252646 or email us at appointments@worthingroaddentalpractice.com.

For out-of-hours emergency appointments:

Sussex Community NHS Trust provides out-of-hours appointments. More information is available for clinics located in the Crawley, Haywards Heath, Worthing and Chichester areas.

Click here for more details on how to make appointments or receive advice.

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