Dental Treatment and COVID-19

Following the announcement by the government on 28th May, we are incredibly pleased and excited to announce that we will be re-opening our practice soon!

At Dentalcare Group patient safety and comfort is of paramount importance, and we have spent the time during closure upgrading the clinic and introducing the following measures to keep our patients and staff SAFER than ever.

The clinic as you are aware has always been a very clean and safe environment. However, we have placed hand sanitisers at entry points, upgraded our PPE and redesigned the patient journey in line with social distancing.

We will be conducting pre-screening tests of patients which is likely to include taking your temperature on arrival.

We have had to cancel numerous appointments since the lockdown began 3 months ago and will initially be prioritising appointments for our existing patients who have had dental emergencies or appointments cancelled, in order of urgency. Please do not attend the clinic unless you have an appointment.

We thank you all for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to seeing you again soon!

We will be in touch as soon as we are ready to see you!

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.