About this treatment

Sometimes our patients require specialist gum care to help them combat the more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis. This can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms including sore, swollen or bleeding gums and bad breath, and if left untreated can lead to loose teeth which can eventually fall out.

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    Chronic periodontitis ('gum disease') represents a major health problem in the UK. Surveys show that more than 50% of the population currently experience some degree of damage to bone or the soft tissues supporting the teeth. Approximately 10-15% of the population will lose a significant number of teeth as a result of chronic periodontitis: the more susceptible the patient, the more rapidly the bone loss progresses. In addition, around 1% of the population is susceptible to the aggressive forms of periodontitis. These patients can present with advanced levels of attachment (bone) loss and pocketing in their twenties or thirties.

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    Your initial consultation will be scheduled for one hour, during which your periodontist will discuss any concerns you may have and symptoms you may be experiencing, and carry out a detailed examination. Your specialist will then carry out a general assessment of your mouth with particular focus on the periodontal condition. This will include a comprehensive examination of your dentition, gums and oral tissues, during which we will collect a considerable amount of clinical data in order to better understand your condition and provide the best treatment options for you.

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    There are a wide variety of treatments that our Manchester based team can provide to help improve your overall gum health. We offer two types of crown lengthening procedures, one aesthetic to enhance the appearance, the other functional to increase the structural integrity of your mouth. We also treat gingivitis, periodontitis and provide a number of regenerative procedures. Your periodontist may recommend a regenerative procedure when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed due to periodontal disease. These procedures can reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue.