Gum disease & Implants

How gum disease affects the overall success of your dental implant treatment and if we can place dental implants at all. 

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Symptoms | Causes | Treatments | Tips

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

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

At the 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 called 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. 

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, 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, you will likely 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

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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 that 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.

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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 you must receive regular check-ups and follow a good oral hygiene routine.

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.

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

The same symptoms as stage 2 occur during this stage, though slightly more intense.

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%.

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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Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!
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