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If non-surgical periodontal therapy is unsuccessful, periodontal surgery may be needed to stop progressive bone loss and regenerate lost bone where possible.

There are many surgical approaches used in the treatment of advanced periodontitis and a periodontist at Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic will discuss these with the patient.

Long term studies have shown that in moderate to advanced periodontitis, surgically treated cases often have less further breakdown over time and when coupled with a regular post treatment maintenance regimen are successful in halting tooth loss in nearly 85 per cent of patients. This regimen involves regular check-ups and detailed cleanings every three months to prevent repopulation of periodontitis-causing micro-organisms, and to closely monitor affected teeth so that early treatment can be given if disease recurs.

The hygienists at Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic help patients create effective oral hygiene regimes that encompass the correct choice of tooth brush for them, brushing technique, flossing and use of a medicated mouthwash. Advice is also given on lifestyle factors such as smoking and diet that affect gum health. Frequency of eating is also a factor because regular snacks and drinks can strip the teeth of their protective minerals, accelerating decay.

Even with a good tooth brushing technique, most people miss parts of their mouth regularly and so Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic recommends a dental check-up twice a year to detect and treat early signs of gum disease and hygienist appointments every quarter to remove calculus.

If you are experiencing bleeding gums, gums that have come away from the teeth, persistent bad breath or teeth that are loose or changing position, book a consultation with a periodontist at Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic.