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What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease (also known as periodontitis) is an extremely common ailment that is often caused by the build-up of plaque. Gum disease can cause serious problems for the teeth and eventually lead to tooth loss. Statistics suggest that around 50 to 80 percent of the population suffer from gum disease.

What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

If oral health is maintained to a high standard, gums will be pink and firm while keeping the teeth anchored securely in place. Additionally, there should not be any gum bleeding on brushing. Gum disease is not usually painful, however, sufferers may notice swelling and redness of the tissue, as well as bleeding after brushing or flossing.

Am I Likely to Suffer from Gum Disease?

Majority of people will fall victim to the condition at some point in their lives, particularly if they neglect their oral health.

What are the causes of gum disease?

The most common cause is a lack of oral hygiene which results in plaque buildup. This soft, sticky substance is formed when bacteria collect on the surface of the teeth and can result in long-term issues if left untreated.There are also a number of risk factors that can increase a person’s chance of developing the condition. These include smoking, diabetes, and a weakened immune system (usually due to an illness such as HIV, AIDS or through chemotherapy treatment).

How is it Diagnosed?

Patients who have noticed they are displaying some of the symptoms of this condition should book an appointment with one of our dentists, hygienist or registered specialist Periodontist as soon as possible.

How Gum Disease Treated?

How can I prevent tooth loss?


Loss of gum tissue can cause discomfort and pain, as well as making the individual feel self-conscious or embarrassed. Fortunately, there is often a way to treat this issue. Receding gums treatment is most often performed by a specialist periodontist, in order for it to be safe and effective.

Causes of Gum Recession

Symptoms of Gum Recession

It is not always easy to spot the signs of receding gums, as often it happens slowly over a long period of time. However, your dentist may be able to identify receding gums in their early stages. 

Some symptoms to look out for are

Additionally, patients may notice signs that could seem unrelated. These include

Treatments for Gum Recession

Receding gums treatment can vary depending on the cause of the problem and its severity. Our registered specialist Periodontist will be able to identify and treat the issue accordingly.

Prevention of Gum Recession

Preventing this issue in the first place is always preferable. Therefore, there are certain actions individuals can take to try and stop the issue from developing. These include:

Book an appointment with us for a successful Gum Treatment!

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that exposes a greater amount of tooth structure. In cases where there is not much tooth structure remaining to support a crown, crown lengthening is performed to allow a dental crown to be fitted and thus restore the tooth’s structure and strength.

Indications for this procedure

Before we carry out crown lengthening surgery, we will take impressions, x-rays, and photos of your teeth. We also provide you with a mock-up model so that you can see how the final crown of the tooth will look before we begin any treatment.

Types of crown lengthening surgery available

During your consultation, we will inform you of alternatives to crown lengthening surgery such as orthodontic tooth extrusion or extraction of the tooth

Gum Graft Surgery

Individuals concerned about receding gums could undergo a range of soft tissue grafting treatments. When gums recede, teeth often appear longer than normal and can become sensitive. This is due to exposure of root dentine.

Benefits of having Gum graft surgery

Gum grafting surgical procedure

Patients will first be examined to ensure the most suitable type of treatment is carried out. If gum disease is present then it will need treating before gum graft surgery can takes place. Anaesthetic will always be administered before the treatment starts so that the treatment is completely painless. Connective-tissue grafts are the most commonly used technique to treat root exposure. During this procedure, a small flap of soft tissue from the roof of the mouth will be removed and sutured to the tissue surrounding the exposed root. This method is effective for the prevention of further root exposure, as well as reducing tooth sensitivity.

Free gingival graftsare generally the most useful technique for individuals who have thin gums and need additional tissue to bulk them up. Using this method, removal of soft tissue from the roof of the mouth and transplanting it to the recipient site is done in order to create thick tough tissue there. The donor site (the roof of the mouth) will heal normally without any damage to the underlying gums, bone or neighbouring teeth.

Some patients may benefit more from a pedicle graft. During this treatment, the gum is removed from around the tooth in need of repair. The gum will then be pulled over the root and sutured into place. Although this procedure appears to be the simplest option, it is only plausible when there is adequate soft tissue surrounding the damaged part of the tooth. Book an appointment today to remove your dental flaws!