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If you experience bleeding when you brush your teeth or have problems with sore gums, we are here to help! Your oral health is our priority and we offer a range of preventative and routine treatments to ensure the health and appearance of your gums. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, causes the gums to become sore, inflamed and irritated. The first symptom is normally bleeding when you brush your teeth. There are different stages of gum disease – the early stage, known as gingivitis, is relatively simple to treat, but if left untreated, it can become a more advanced and painful form of gum disease known as periodontitis.
Who needs Hygiene Treatment?
Periodontal disease often causes the gums to become painful and swollen, so if this is the case for you, then you may require hygiene treatment. If left untreated periodontal disease can cause the teeth to become loose and increases the risk of painful abscesses. Abscesses form in the pockets created between the gums and teeth, with relevant symptoms and warning signs including:
- Red, sore and swollen gums
- Bleeding when brushing
- Receding gums
- Teeth coming loose
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between the teeth and gums
You may also have this problem due to factors including smoking, genetics, pregnancy, stress, medication, teeth grinding or diabetes. If you have any of these it can affect the overall health of your teeth.
How Hygiene Treatment works
Following a referral our hygienist will perform a thorough assessment of your hygiene needs. This 20 minute appointment includes:
- A review of your medical history
- Discussion about your symptoms
- A basic periodontal examination
- Personalised oral hygiene advice
- Charting of periodontal pockets, bleeding and gum mobility (for patients with advanced gum disease)
- Soft tissue check
- Scale and polish
Further appointments will be scheduled if required, but patients with mild gum disease do not usually require further treatment. Additional appointments may be needed in complex cases to effectively treatment the condition. There are 30 minute, 60 minute and 2 hour sessions available. Periodontal maintenance is required so returning for short treatment slots may be advised after initial treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
Treatment is pain free and mainly requires looking after the oral health of your teeth and gums – but treatment does depend on the individual case. Professional cleaning and scaling will take place and any problem areas carefully examined and treated. Patients may need to look at their diet and avoid sugary foods and drinks, as well as maintaining better oral hygiene routines and regular dental check-ups.
How long does Hygiene treatment take?
Treatment length will vary according to each patient's oral problem so it is difficult to put a timeframe on treatment. It is often ongoing to ensure and maintain healthy teeth and gums, but your dentist will be able to advise you individually.
Advantages of Hygiene Treatment
By seeking treatment for tooth and gum decay and disease you can prevent further problems occurring, such as periodontitis, which can lead to missing teeth and other problems relating to infection. By getting tartar and plaque build-up removed teeth can recover and ultimately last longer, preventing the embarrassment of missing teeth for many patients.
Disadvantages of Hygiene Treatment
There are no disadvantages to treatment. It is when treatment is avoided that problems set in, including tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease. Treatment is not expensive but can be time consuming if you have to go for many courses of treatment.
Cost of Hygiene Treatment
You may need hygiene treatment if a problem has been identified that requires treatment, or it may simply form part of your regular dental check-up. Whatever the reason below are some guide prices to give you an idea of how much hygiene treatments will cost:
- Hygiene Initial Consultation: £50
- Scale and polish: £50
- Periodontal Treatment: £100/hour
- Air Abrasion: £75