Dr. C J Illingworth BChD

Tel: 01244 351 755

Hygiene Appointments

Gum disease is inflammation and infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. The disease attacks the gum tissues and the bone, both of which hold the teeth in place. There are two main forms: gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis affects the gums alone and is usually reversible.

Periodontitis follows gingivitis if untreated it is more serious and affects the bone supporting the teeth. It may affect a small number of teeth (localised) or many teeth (generalised). Periodontitis unfortunately cannot be reversed but can be stabilised and maintained to preserve natural teeth as long as possible.

If untreated, enough bone is lost for the teeth to loosen considerably and they may come out or have to be taken out. The disease is usually slow in progressing and it can take a number of years for this to occur. However, treatment of the disease becomes increasingly more difficult as it progresses.

Who should see the hygienist?

At Vicars Cross Dental we offer hygiene appointments under NHS arrangements or on a private basis:

NHS Appointments:

Private Appointments:

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