At Al-FaPerio, our innovative laser gum treatment is available at our periodontal clinic. We offer periodontal therapy that helps treat, diagnose and prevent gum disease. As the UK’s leading periodontal clinic offering laser gum treatment for periodontal treatments, we believe in creating a strong and healthy oral foundation.
Gum disease is highly common in the UK, with up to 9 in 10 people having some form of it. At our periodontal clinic, our team of specialists can diagnose, plan and offer dependable, effective and long-lasting treatment.
Whether you have receding gums, bad breath, or a form of gum disease, our periodontal clinic in Essex is here to help. We continue to welcome new patients in and around the London and Essex area. Visit our clinic today by booking an appointment with us.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Understanding Periodontal Disease
The phrase “long in the tooth” is a common one – it further perpetuates the idea that people should naturally lose their teeth as they get older, but this need not be the case. Some people become more prone to gum disease as they get older and therefore are more at risk of losing their teeth, but there is something they can do about it. Gum disease, or periodontitis, is usually symptom-free until it gets to the more advanced stages. In these later stages you may experience pain, bad tastes or bad breath, receding gums, teeth that have drifted or moved position, loose teeth, and abscesses.
The best way to catch gum disease in time is to have regular dental check-ups so your dentist can detect it in the earlier stages when it is easier to manage. It can, however, be managed at any stage, to hopefully prevent tooth loss.
Many people think that bleeding gums are normal. This is not the case; bleeding gums, while painless, are an early sign of gum disease. Treating gum disease is not just about having a healthy mouth, gum diseases can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory diseases, stress and depression, and other aspects of general health.
If your dentist detects some degree of gum disease, they may refer you to a periodontist. This is a dentist who spent several years specialising in the management of gum diseases, and is therefore perhaps better qualified and equipped to manage the condition for you.
A Specialist in Periodontics is a periodontist who has accredited training, usually including some teaching experience, research, and multi-disciplinary training, and is on the specialist list held by The General Dental Council.
Some patients see periodontists for other conditions not directly related to gum disease. These may be conditions such as extensively receding gums due to trauma from toothbrushing, removal of gum swellings, or as part of complicated treatment plans requiring extensive crown and bridgework, or for the preparation and placement of dental implants.
Specialist Periodontal Treatment
Your gums are incredibly important for your mouth. This is why we offer innovative gum treatments designed to eliminate gum infections and restore your oral health to a high standard.
Dr Rana Al-Falaki oversees our periodontal and gum disease treatments. She developed several laser dentistry techniques that have helped many patients. Unlike traditional gum disease and periodontal treatments, laser dentistry offers a number of benefits.
Gum disease can cause excessive bone and gum deterioration that can lead to further oral complications. Laser gum treatment can reverse damage caused by gum infections.
Benefits of Laser Gum Treatment from Al-FaPerio:
- A minimalistic, discreet gum disease treatment
- Treatment is designed to be comfortable and pain-free
- Less gum recession during post-treatment
- Eliminates infection and promotes bone regeneration
Al-FaPerio uses a unique, signature plan that enables us to design and carry out gum treatment, creating long-lasting results. This plan allows us to carry out effective laser gum treatments and therapy, which is why we are an award-winning periodontal clinic.
If you believe you have gum disease or have more questions about our gum treatments, contact us today on 02085060701. You can also book an appointment with us and visit our periodontal clinic in London at a time and date that suits you.
Specialist Periodontal Treatments Can Include:
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for gum disease to heal?
The length of time it takes for your gum disease to heal depends largely on how severe your case is. The earlier it’s caught, the easier and faster it will be to resolve, and you could see improvements in as little as one to two weeks. In more serious cases, it may take several weeks or months to see big improvements.
A consultation with your dentist will help to determine how much work will be required to treat your gum disease.
What are the symptoms of gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the earliest phase of gum disease and is also the easiest to treat. The most common warning signs of this condition include:
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Tender gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
Seeking professional treatment when experiencing these early signs of gum disease is so important, as it can make treating it much simpler. However, if left untreated for some time it can lead to more serious forms of gum disease, tooth loss and bone loss.
Should I brush my gums if I have gingivitis?
If you’re experiencing the signs of gingivitis, it can be tempting to try and rectify it with increased brushing of the affected area. You should brush both your teeth and gums every day to prevent a build-up of bacteria, however, if you’ve started experiencing signs of gingivitis, brushing alone won’t solve it.
You should seek the help of your dentist if you’re experiencing these early signs of gum disease so they can begin treatment.
Can gum disease make you sick?
Left untreated, gum disease can not only lead to tooth and bone loss but could potentially result in other more serious health concerns too. Gum disease could increase your risk of developing respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia.
This is why it’s important to attend routine check-ups with your dentist to detect any issues early, and to seek the necessary treatment before things have a chance to develop and become worse.
Does gum disease go away?
We understand that for many, the dentist’s chair is the last place they want to be. However, if you have the signs of gum disease, doing nothing will only result in the condition worsening.
Unfortunately, gum disease does not go away on its own, and you will need to receive professional treatment in order to treat the condition. The good news is that it is treatable, as long as you don’t leave it too long.
What are the warning signs of gum disease?
Gum disease doesn’t just appear over night, and there are several warning signs that you can look out for which will help you identify the need for additional care early on. The first stages of gum disease is usually swollen, or bleeding gums when brushing. You may also have bad breath. This stage is known as gingivitis and can be treated early on before periodontitis develops.
We advise that if your finding that your gums bleed after brushing or flossing, that you make an appointment with your dentist to explore the issue further.
What are the main causes of gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by a build up of plaque on the surface of the tooth. It can happen to anyone, but the most effective way of keeping it at bay is by brushing your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time in order to fight plaque build-up.
Does gum disease hurt?
Sometimes. Gum disease can cause your gums to become swollen, bloody and sore, and this increased sensitivity may cause discomfort if left untreated.
It’s important to note however, that gum disease isn’t always painful, and that you must keep an eye out for other symptoms of gum disease in order to avoid missing the diagnosis.
Is gum disease reversible?
This really depends on the severity of the gum disease, as you may still be in the earliest stages (gingivitis) which can be treated and is usually reversible. If you have any of the following symptoms:
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily
You should contact your dentist for gum disease treatment in Essex, as soon as you notice the symptoms. Unfortunately, as gum disease progresses, it becomes less easy to resolve and is no longer reversible.
What do gums look like with gum disease?
We can tell a lot about the health of a patient’s mouth by the way their gums look, which is why the first stages of Periodontal disease are almost always situated in the gums. Healthy gums will look pink and feel firm, whilst unhealthy gums, especially where gum disease is present will look quite recognisable, with:
- Redness and swelling
- Bleeding during brushing or flossing
- Receding gums that are pulling away from the teeth
If you recognise any of the above symptoms in your gums, then you should contact your dentist straight away to start treating the affected area.
How quickly does gum disease progress?
Gum disease isn’t a particularly fast-acting condition, and you should be able to identify the early stages of Periodontal disease in plenty of time to get the appropriate treatment. Gum inflammation, which is one of the earliest signs of gum disease, can occur for several weeks before becoming more of a prominent issue and could take up to a month or longer to progress into full-blown periodontal disease.
It’s for this reason that we encourage patients to attend routine appointments so that we can identify issues in their earliest stages and ensure they don’t progress.