Gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in the UK today and needs fast intervention and treatment if it is to be reversed successfully. Here at Phoenix Dental Practice in Palmers Green, we offer advanced treatments for all stages of gum disease.

In the early stages of gum disease you might have bleeding gums after brushing, bad breath, and inflamed, sore or infected gums. Periodontitis begins as early gum disease which, if left untreated, will continue to develop and evolve into this advanced and severe form of the condition. Once the condition has advanced to the stage of periodontitis, the damage is irreversible, however with regular maintenance and meticulous oral hygiene, the condition can be stabilised and further bone loss slowed/prevented.

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Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar has built up on the teeth and gum-line where it has not been cleaned away effectively. This can cause gum irritation due to the acidic bi-products produced by the bacteria consuming food debris within the mouth. The irritation causes gums to bleed, to be swollen, sore and sometimes to recede. If the condition is not treated at this stage, it may continue to cause more extreme symptoms e.g. tooth loss, as it develops into periodontitis.

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Early gum disease is entirely treatable and can be reversed or at least maintained with excellent oral hygiene habits and regular visits to Phoenix Dental Practice for check-ups. If it is identified during an appointment with us, we may advise you to undertake regular hygiene appointments where you will also receive advice and treatment for gum disease. More advanced gum disease may require referral to a gum disease specialist known as a Periodontist.


Symptoms like loose teeth, gum abscesses, gum pockets and even tooth loss can all occur as a result of periodontitis which is an advanced form of gum disease. The effects of this condition may also affect your wider health and is even thought to contribute to the risk of serious conditions like heart disease.

We are able to provide treatment for periodontitis which will be different for each patient depending on their symptoms. Some patients may have suffered extreme gum recession and tooth elongation which can sometimes be treated with surgery depending on the patient’s suitability. Often, periodontal treatment involves treating the gum pockets that have developed with the disease. We will clean inside the pockets, treat the teeth and seek to shrink the pocket size. In all cases, we create a long-term treatment plan for periodontitis with the aim of long term recovery.

If you are concerned you have gum disease or you know you require gum disease treatment, please get in touch. We have the expertise to help you with comprehensive gum disease services, such as hygiene advice and periodontal treatment. Please get in touch using our online form at your convenience, or call our friendly team on 0203 417 9960 for further information.