Gum Disease & Dental Implants

Symptoms | Causes | Treatments | Tips

Can gum disease be cured? For some, once it has advanced to a certain stage, there is no going back.

However, there are certain treatments we can do to keep your oral condition healthy!

At Gentle Dental we use advanced technology to reverse the effects shown by gum disease and use high-quality dental implants to replace teeth lost to the disease.


Symptoms of gum disease

Periodontitis (also referred to as gum disease) causes the gums to become swollen, sore or infected and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

Signs of the condition include:

  • Bleeding, red or swollen gums, bleeding after brushing or flossing
  • Wobbly teeth, bad breath (halitosis)
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth, plaque/tartar build-up

Once you progress past the gingivitis stage it can be extremely difficult to slow or eliminate periodontal disease. 

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Causes of gum disease

  • A build-up of plaque on the teeth
  • Genetics
  • Poor oral health care and hygiene

By scheduling regular check-ups with your dentist and practising good oral hygiene habits, and avoiding things like smoking, you can dramatically reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim of periodontal disease.

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Eradicating gum disease

In cases of severe gum disease, it is likely that you will require further medical and dental treatment.

In the most extreme cases, surgery may be prescribed by a gum specialist (periodontics).

Treatments for gum disease can include:

  • Root planning
  • Scaling and polishing the teeth
  • Restorative treatment including dental implants, crowns and bridges

Get in contact today

Treating periodontal disease quickly is the best way to ensure as little long-term damage as possible to your oral condition.

Gentle Dental is positioned in the heart of East Molesey. Our care is highly-rated and trusted throughout Surrey and London.

We are just a short walking distance from Hampton Court station and we are a reliable and popular choice of practice, who has been providing exceptional dental care in the area for over 25 years.

Click here to book a free consultation with one of our advisors and find out the best way to treat gum disease, before it’s too late.


Four Stages of Gum Disease


Indicators: bleeding when brushing/flossing and bad breath.

It is vital that you receive treatment during this early stage because it is the only stage that is reversible.

After this stage, the gum disease will have had time to attack and weaken the jaw bone.

Often, it is difficult to detect so it is important you receive regular check-ups and follow a good oral hygiene routine.

Slight Periodontal Disease:

Though this stage is irreversible, it is definitely more manageable than the later stages.

The longer you ignore gum disease, the more time the bacteria has to evolve.

Moderate Periodontal Disease:

Indicators include swelling, redness of the gums, bad breath, blood when you are cleaning your teeth.

During this stage, the same symptoms as stage 2 occur though slightly more intense.

Advanced Periodontal Disease:

Indicators include the symptoms listed above, and the swollen gums may begin to ooze pus, with increased sensitivity to cold temperatures, further loosening of teeth and pain while chewing.

During the final stage, you have a large change of bone loss, at about 50-90%.

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Preventing gum disease

Our top tips to avoid gum disease:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily, for 2 minutes
  • Floss regularly
  • Avoid smoking
  • Book regular checkups with your dentist
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