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Perlan Periodontal Suite

Because we’re specialist dentists, your dentist can refer you or you can call us direct.

Information for Patients - Detecting Periodontal Disease

How do I know if I have gum disease?

The signs of periodontal disease can be difficult for a patient to detect, but may include bleeding gums or bad breath (“halitosis”); teeth becoming loose, or gaps appearing between the teeth; receding gums; red, sore or swollen gums, or recurrent infections in the mouth.

It is important to note that smoking increases the rate of bone destruction in periodontal disease, but also masks these signs. This may mean that the disease progresses to an advanced stage without the patient knowing that there is a problem.

How is periodontal disease detected?

First, you will have a detailed consultation with our Periodontist assessing how your teeth are affected by periodontal disease. This will include gentle measurements on your gums (6-point periodontal pocket chart) and x-ray examinations. You will receive information about how gum disease develops, which factors may contribute to it in your case and what you can do to get actively involved in the treatment. We will also make a note of your specific expectations and preferences.

Following this, we will be able to provide you with a detailed written report, proposed treatment plan and estimate detailing the timescale and cost of treatment. In advanced cases which include planning for replacement of missing teeth, further planning appointments may be required to be able to provide a definitive treatment plan.

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