Dental Treatment and COVID-19

Dear Patients,

On 25th March 2020 Sara Hurley (Chief Dental Officer England) and Matt Neligan (Director of Primary Care and System transformation) released their latest statement on the rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic.

We would like to update you on how this will affect our service provision at Dentalcare Group. The guidance is clear that all routine, non-urgent dental care, including orthodontic treatments must be deferred until advised otherwise. We are still here to support you and your dental needs through this unprecedented time.

We want to take this opportunity to reassure all our patients that we take the spread of the COVID-19 in the UK very seriously. The health and safety of our patients, staff and visitors to our dental practice is our main priority.

Here at Dentalcare Group we will be providing all our patients with a remote service during normal working hours. Our dentists will perform telephone triaging for: advice; analgesia; and antimicrobials (if appropriate) . We will not be able to see you at the practice.

If it is not possible to manage your symptoms remotely, you will have to be referred to a Local Urgent Dental Care Centre. Details of these are currently being established in our area and we will update you as soon as we have further information.

We will use our best professional judgement in the triaging process and work collaboratively with our Local Urgent Care system, possibly volunteering our expertise where necessary to help meet the demands imposed on this new emergency service.

Please click below for our regular updates:

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You can also check the following websites for further advice:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

We would like to thank you for your support and cooperation in the interest of our patient’s health and safety. We will closely monitor this situation and will update all patients accordingly.

Stay safe.
Kind Regards,
Dentalcare Group Team

Periodontics

at Langley Dental

What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is concerned with the supporting structures of your teeth and the diseases which affect them. Supporting structures include gums, jaw bone and the cementum which connects the tooth to the jaw bone. 

What do periodontists at Langley Dental treat?

The most common issue that our professional periodontal team treat or try to prevent in patients is gum diseaseGum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss and yet many patients often neglect their gums. 

The good news is that gum disease is treatable and easily preventable. A good oral hygiene with thorough brushing and care of your teeth and gums can have a huge impact on your dental health. It can also have a proven link on the health of your general well-being too. 

 

A periodontist at Langley Dental will treat:

Gingivitis 

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and refers to the build-up of plaque on your teeth which can lead to inflammation of the gums. It can cause, swelling, redness and irritation. If gingivitis isn’t treated, it can lead to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. 

Periodontitis 

Periodontitis occurs if gingivitis is left untreated. The gums begin to pull away from the tooth leaving spaces where bacteria can grow. This can become inflamed and infected. Should periodontitis be left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. 

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Periodontal treatment

Our dentists and hygienists spend a lot of time trying to help prevent periodontitis occurring, but if you are referred to a periodontist for treatment, you can expect a thorough and professional clean of your teeth and gums. This may involve cleaning the tooth root surfaces and the periodontal pockets.  

 If you need further treatment, you may require minor surgery to correct problems with the tooth, bone or gum. This may include gum grafting. 

The benefits of visiting a periodontist

Most of the benefits of visiting a periodontist is preventative: 

 

  • You can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. With preventative or early treatment, you can prevent tooth loss 
  • Prevent bone loss 
  • Improve your smile. Neglecting teeth and gums so that they become unattractive can affect your confidence 
  • At Langley Dental you will be cared for by professional periodontists with many years of experience 

Frequently asked questions 

Is periodontitis reversible?

It will depend at what stage the periodontitis is and you will need a professional expert to assess your gums to tell you. If it is in the early stages, then it can be treated and reversed. If periodontitis is in the more advanced stages, it may be too late to reverse it. 

Does gingivitis always come before periodontitis?

Gingivitis usually does occur before periodontitis, but gingivitis does not always lead to periodontitis. If you spot red, sore, inflamed gums or bleeding whilst brushing you should seek advice from your dentist. 

Does periodontitis hurt?

It can do. Periodontitis is where there is an infection in the gum tissue and this can lead to sore, bleeding gums and problems with chewing. The biggest problem is that it can lead to tooth loss.