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Gum disease is reversible
when attended to early

Gum disease, also known as Periodontal disease, is a common condition and most adults will have it to some degree. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss worldwide however it can be prevented. Ensuring your teeth and gums stay healthy is the most important aspect of dentistry.


The earliest and mildest form of gum disease is Gingivitis. The first symptoms you might notice are bleeding gums and bad breath. Your gums may become red and swollen but usually there is little pain or discomfort at this stage. Unfortunately, this is why many patients do not seek assessment and treatment, allowing the disease to progress.

If left untreated, a more severe type of gum disease called Periodontitis can develop. It affects approximately 45% of the UK population. Periodontitis can progress and can lead to loss of supporting tissues and bone around the teeth, gaps can start to appear between the gum and teeth, teeth can become loose and ultimately, they may fall out.

We provide treatment for:
  • Gingivitis & Periodontitis (Gum disease can occur around teeth)  
  • Peri-implant mucositis and Peri-implantitis (Gum disease around implants) 
  • Halitosis (Bad breath) 
  • Receding gums 
  • Bleeding gums 
  • Bone loss (around teeth and implants) 
  • Loose teeth 
  • Infection and gums abscesses
  • Gingival hyperplasia (overgrowth of gums)

Periodontitis has been linked to an increase risk of systemic diseases, such as cardiovascular and respiratory disease and impaired mental capacity in the elderly, arthritis and diabetes. Some symptoms of Periodontal Disease include swollen red, bleeding gums, bad breath (Halitosis), receding gums, loose teeth, movement of teeth and gaps forming between your teeth.

If you notice any of these symptoms and you are keen to keep your own teeth for as long as possible, you should seek to see a Periodontist for consultation, assessment, and treatment of Periodontitis with the aim of trying to save your teeth and avoid extraction.

It is important not to delay having a consultation and assessment. You can come directly to us or your dentist can refer you to us for a specialist opinion so suitable treatment options can be presented to you.

How can Periodontal Disease be treated?
  • Deep cleaning/Root Surface Debridement 
  • Crown lengthening/Gingival (gum) lift 
  • Connective tissue grafts 
  • Free gingival grafts 
  • Gingival (gum) recontouring/gingivectomy 
  • Frenectomy 
  • Periodontal regeneration  
  • Bone grafting (rebuilding bone) 
  • Ridge augmentation 
  • Periodontal plastic surgery

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    The White House Dental Surgery
    2 Roding View, Buckhurst Hill,
    Essex, IG9 6AQ.
    020 8504 9393