Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

By taking good care of your gums, your oral health will be stronger and more stable; keeping your teeth safely in place. Visit our hygenist in East Molesey.

Treating, Preventing & Reversing Gum Disease

Gum disease is not exactly subtle. Puffy, red and tender gums that bleed and cause irritation often signifies to patients that they are suffering from the condition without ever being diagnosed. 

And while, in the early stages, gingivitis can be too easily ignored, as your local dentists, we urge you not to ignore these early signs and symptoms.

Because it’s in this stage that we’ll be able to reverse the condition, if you continue to ignore it and allow periodontitis to form, it’ll be too late. 

Prevent tooth loss and poor oral health by doing something about it today!

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Signs and symptoms of gum disease

We do not advocate for self-diagnosis, but if you are worried that you have gingivitis or gum disease please check the below symptoms:

Gingivitis symptoms (early indicators):

  • Tender, red or swollen bleeding gums
  • Bad breath (even after brushing)
  • Sensitive teeth / painful gumline

Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) symptoms:

  • Bad breath or a bad taste that won’t go away
  • Loose wobbly teeth
  • Black triangular pockets between teeth
  • Gum abscesses or pus in your gums

Please do reach out to us if you experience any of these signs, even the early symptoms. The sooner we catch it, the more chance we have of reversing gum disease completely.

Don’t be scared of bad teeth, it’s our job and profession to make sure they’re healthy.

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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!
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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.
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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!

Please don't ignore the problem any longer

As dentists, it’s our job to educate our patients on the consequences of ignoring their dental conditions.

And we cannot stress enough how ignoring gum disease can only lead to expensive and extensive problems further down the line.

Tooth loss is a common consequence of periodontal disease and periodontitis.

When you ignore gum disease, you are accepting the fact that tooth loss is going to eventually occur. Often, this only hits home when our patients begin to lose teeth in the visible portion of their smile.

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Advanced periodontal disease

In even more advanced cases where periodontal disease has caused significant damage to the supporting structures of your teeth, a periodontist can perform restorative soft tissue grafts and bone grafts.

If your teeth become loose during this time, your periodontist may also prescribe a splint or a bite-guard to provide extra stability.

If you typically experience sensitive or bleeding gums, you may require treatment to avoid the risk of tooth and tissue loss. Periodontists aim to correct problems involving the soft tissues of the mouth before they become more serious.

As gum disease progresses, it leads to a more serious infection called periodontitis or periodontal disease. It can cause gum recession, allowing bacteria to attack the bone underneath, leading to tooth loss.

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Treatments for gum disease

Possible treatments for gum disease and periodontitis depend on the severity of your case. Scaling and root-planing is highly effective at removing stubborn plaque and tartar beneath the gum line, promoting healing in the soft tissues.

In more severe cases, you may require surgery to replace lost tissue in the gums and jaw bone. If your teeth become loose due to advancing periodontitis, your periodontist may also provide you with a splint or bite guard to stabilise them.

If you suffer from advanced gum disease, call us on 020 8224 7562 to book an appointment with a periodontist.

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Gum disease and dental implants

As implant dentists, we’re here to tell you that placing dental implants in patients with gum disease is no easy job either.

Dental implants require healthy and strong gums, and gum disease weakens and dissolves the tissue and bone, which means it might not be strong enough to hold an implant.

However, there are specific treatments like bone grafts we can use in these instances to make the bone stronger, but these are all additional and often pricy fixes.

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