The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This is inflammation of the gums. The direct cause is plaque build up. It is the initial stage of gum disease and is the easiest to treat. Gingivitis can be reversed however, if it progresses, it can lead to the more detrimental periodontitis.
Periodontitis or periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. There are different stages of periodontal disease and it can affect people at different stages of their life. Periodontal disease affects the supporting tissues of the teeth. As the disease progresses, the bone that holds the teeth in position is lost leading to loose teeth.
There are many reasons people may have an increased risk of periodontal disease. These include: smoking, poor oral hygiene, pregnancy and diabetes to name a few.
We would like to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are currently unable to work as normal following the latest government guidelines.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we feel it is our responsibility to protect you, our valued patients, our team and our families. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all routine exams, treatments and hygiene appointments.
Please do not arrive at the practice unannounced.
We will be maintaining a telephone service for advice and booking emergency appointments. Dental emergencies include:
Severe pain for over 48 hours
Trauma or uncontrolled bleeding
We understand this is inconvenient and it may mean the treatment timelines are extended. We will be able to reconvene normal service once it is safe to do so. If your appointment needs to be postponed, one of the team will be in touch.
For information on managing your toothache at home click here
Thank you for all your support during these uncertain times.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon.