Prevention and Treatment of Gum Disease

As part of our preventative philosophy our hygienists Sara, Maya, Kerry and Steph offer care including scaling and polishing and advice on improving your oral health by preventing gum disease.

Gum disease is caused by bacteria. It is a silent disease; you can have it and not even know it. When your gums are inflamed bacteria from your mouth enter into your bloodstream. This leads to an increased risk for the following serious health problems; heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pre-term births and osteoporosis. Also, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and kidney disease are being investigated.


It is important to brush your teeth twice a day as well as inter-dental cleaning (flossing or inter-dental brushes). This will prevent plaque, a sticky substance containing harmful bacterium, to build up around the gums.

The bacteria in plaque can result in the infection and inflammation of gums which can leave your gums looking red and cause them to bleed when brushing.The build of plaque on teeth leads to calculus formation (which is calcified/hardened plaque) which can not be removed using a toothbrush.

Regular visits to the hygienist will help to maintain gingival health.


When gingivitis is not treated and calculus is left to build up, it may lead to a bacterial infection deeper in the supporting periodontal tissues which is a severe condition known as periodontitus.Progression of this disease will cause the supporting bone around the teeth to be lost, leading in severe cases to tooth loss.

With regular visits to the hygienist gum disease can be prevented.

Why am I being referred to Scott Wetton?
Your dentist or hygienist has diagnosed that you have periodontal disease that is active and can be treated.

What is periodontal disease?
Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose.

What happens if I don’t have my gum disease treated?
Unfortunately, gum disease does not usually cause pain as it gets worse so you do not notice the damage it is doing. However, the bacteria are sometimes more active and this makes your gums sore. This can lead to gum abscesses, and pus may ooze from around the teeth. Over a number of years, the bone supporting the teeth can be lost. If the disease is left untreated for a long time, treatment can be more difficult. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.

I have heard gum disease is linked with other health conditions – is this true?
In recent years gum disease has been linked with general health conditions such as diabetes, strokes, cardiovascular disease, poor pregnancy outcomes and even dementia

Can Scott help reverse my gum disease?
Yes, Scott may recommend either non-surgical or surgical treatments or a combination of both.
Scaling and root planing is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins.
With a regenerative surgical procedure he folds back the gum tissue and removes the disease-causing bacteria. Membranes (filters), bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body's natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.
Eliminating existing bacteria and regenerating bone and tissue helps to reduce pocket depth and repair damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease. With a combination of daily home oral hygiene and professional maintenance care, you'll increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth – and decrease the chances of other health problems associated with periodontal disease.

Professional fees:

Consultation and Review
(Including report to you and your dentist):  £110 (inclusive of x-rays)

Non-Surgical therapy
For early to advanced gum disease (prices per side)
1-5 teeth:                                  From £150
5-10 teeth:                                From £300
Over 10 teeth:                         To be quoted individually

Surgical Therapy
Pocket elimination and direct access for cleaning: From £350

Regenerative Treatment:
Material / Medicine costs:        From £200
Surgical costs:                                     From £450

Gingival height discrepencies: From £350