Gum disease is the silent destroyer of your teeth. It doesn’t eat away at them causing big painful holes like decay does, instead it attacks the tissues that surrounds them until, eventually they come loose in their sockets and fall out.
Advanced gum disease, known medically as periodontitis, can be difficult to treat successfully and many people find it a good idea to go to a trained gum disease dentist in Ealing for treatment.
Here at Ikon Dental Suite, our clinical director Dr Manish Bose and Dr Cristian Dobreci are both highly trained in periodontology. We are a referral clinic, so your general dentist can refer you to us if you need treatment for advanced gum disease.
What exactly is gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by the acids that the bacteria in dental plaque produce when they feed on sugars in the mouth. The bacterial plaque accumulates over all the surfaces off the mouth. Getting rid of plaque (and trapped food) is why we brush our teeth. However, it requires diligent twice-daily brushing, flossing and regular trips to the hygienist to remove all the plaque from around the gum line and from crevices between the teeth.
Early stage gum disease causes swollen, bleeding gums, which then start to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets of space between the tooth and the gum. Plaque-forming bacteria can get into the pockets, where the acids they give off can start attacking the jawbone and the fibres that attach the teeth to the bone, which can become infected, creating ulcers. When periodontitis is left untreated, the teeth become loose in their sockets and either fall out or have to be removed.
Your dentist in Ealing at Ikon Dental Suite will treat advanced gum disease by regularly cleaning out pockets under the gums. We may also have to plane away any infected tissues from the tooth root. We use a local anaesthetic to do this. If you have ulcers, you may need to take a course of antibiotics.
If you think you need help with gum disease, please call or email us for a consultation.