Gum Disease Treatment at Blue Cross Dental Care, Watford

In the UK gum disease is one of the commonest causes of tooth loss in adults.

In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), the gum is usually red and swollen and ofter bleed during tooth brushing, as the disease progresses (periodontitis) gums shrink and receed, teeth may loosen as bone underneath is destroyed, eventually some teeth may fall out or may have to be removed by the dentist.

Gum disease can be controlled by careful brushing and flossing to reduce the build up of plaque, some people are more susceptible to gum disease than others.

Here at Blue Cross Dental Care, we offer treatment for gum disease which is targeted at removing plaque that has formed above and below the gum line, the treatment also removes hard calculus (tartar) where pockets have formed, the roots of the teeth are cleaned to allow the gum to reattach and the gum swelling to subside (scaling and root planing). It may also be useful to reduce bacteria by using antibiotics, the dentist may also insert a PERIOCHIP® into the periodontal pocket, the periochip kills bacteria responsible for gum disease, in advanced disease surgery to reshape the gum and bone can help to stabilise teeth and prevent them falling out.

FAQS for Gum Disease