Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an inflammatory condition affecting the gums and teeth, it impacts overall health if left untreated.
Gum disease affects people of all ages and comes in three stages, mild, moderate and severe and is very common, impacting 90% people in the UK.
Many people don’t realise they have gum disease and the impact it can have on their overall health. Looking after your oral health with twice daily brushing, flossing, a healthy diet and lifestyle along with having regular hygiene therapy sessions can help to manage the early stages of gum disease.
If gum disease has progressed you will need treatment. At Fulham Dental Clinic we offer Guided Laser Periodontal Treatment Under the Microscope. Not only can it treat gum disease, but with maintenance, it can prevent it from reoccurring.
Gum Disease Lives Below the Gum Line
The bacteria that cause gum disease, also described as pathogens, are bad bacteria that multiply and survive below the gum line. These microscopic harmful bacteria happily live deep in the gums and can go unnoticed.
On the surface of the gum, where your teeth sit, your teeth may appear to be fine, but if you have any symptoms of gum disease its essential you seek advice and treatment from dentist with a special interest in gum disease.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Healthy gums don’t bleed, so if you see any blood when you brush or floss, this is not normal.
If you have any of the following, it is likely that you have gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Family history of gum disease
- A feeling that your teeth are moving or drifting
Gum disease, has been scientifically proven to cause other inflammatory conditions in the body, in hundreds of clinical studies the world over. Known as systemic conditions, periodontal disease has been linked to:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Adverse pregnancy outcomes
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Heart attack
- Insulin resistance
- Alzheimers and stroke
Is Gum Disease the Same as Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease and periodontal disease are the same thing. The terms are interchangeable.
The great news is it can be managed with a revolutionary treatment laser guided periodontal treatment under a microscope
Gum Disease Can Be Treated
Fulham Dental Clinic offers patients laser guided periodontal treatment under a microscope. This revolutionary treatment not only manages periodontal disease but as a result improves overall health.
Using a microscope means that our clinicians can see the bad bacteria and ensure they are removed. You can also see the screen, don’t worry if you are squeamish, you can relax and watch a film instead.
Patients travel from across the UK, to have this treatment to eradicate gum disease and then revisit annually for maintenance appointments.
Every patient who has signs of periodontal infection, will have a microbiological analysis before, and after their treatment, along with a genetic test, to understand if periodontal disease is down to your genetic makeup. This is non-invasive and takes only a few minutes to perform, samples are taken and then sent to one of the most advanced micro-biology labs and the results are returned in days.
We do this to understand the level of bacteria responsible for infection at the diagnostics stage and if your genetic make-up plays a role. Based on the result we can recommend the number of sessions required of laser guided therapy. The microbiological analysis is replicated at the end of the treatment to ensure infection has been removed.
In medicine we cannot say we cure gum disease, but we do manage it which means, we can clinically prove we remove the infection, and can maintain this ongoing.
We require patients to return, sometimes as infrequently as yearly, to check on their periodontal health and the levels of bacteria responsible for gum disease below the gum line. At this session you will have a periodontal clean to ensure teeth, and gums, above and below the gum line are healthy. (link to periodontal clean page).
To book an appointment for laser guided periodontal treatment under the microscope, please book online using the buttons below or call us on 0203 985 7577