Periodontics in Plymouth

Periodontic treatment in Plymouth

Gum disease, periodontitis and gingivitis

Periodontics is a specialist field of dentistry offered at Larkham House, concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, known as gum disease, a Periodontist cares for the health of the gum and bone tissue surrounding your teeth.

Gum disease is usually slow progressing, and a very common condition where the gums become swollen, sore or infected, most people are not aware that they have it. If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath. This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis.


Gingivitis only affects the gums and it is completely reversible. it occurs when tooth cleaning is not thorough enough, the bacterial deposits build up next to the gums, forming a plaque, and the conditions become suitable for more dangerous bacteria to flourish. The natural defences of the body are also compromised and the gum surrounding the tooth becomes red, swollen and inflamed. Left untreated, gingivitis may progress to periodontitis, often without any obvious signs to alert you.

Periodontitis, a more advanced gum disease

Periodontitis is a more serious and advanced form of the disease. It also causes inflammation of the gums, but it also causes the breakdown and loss of bone and gum around the tooth. Bone loss due to gum disease is irreversible. If periodontitis is left untreated, the teeth may become loose which could eventually lead to their loss.

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What are signs of gum disease?

The most obvious signs of gum disease are:
  • Bleeding gums, often when brushing or flossing teeth
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Pain on chewing and difficulty eating

Can I prevent gum disease?

The development of gingivitis and periodontitis can be prevented by adopting thorough oral hygiene habits, alongside regular professional examinations and support.

  1. Clean the chewing surfaces and sides of the teeth twice daily, with a toothbrush (of an appropriate size and in good condition) and toothpaste.
  2. Choose the right toothbrush for you. Your dentist or hygienist can give you advice. Electric toothbrushes can be especially good at removing plaque.
  3. Clean the spaces between the teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach, using either dental floss or an interdental brush, depending on the size of the space. This should be done once daily.

Periodontitis can be inherited from one’s parents and the condition can run in families. Many studies have shown that gum disease is far more common and destructive in smokers. Similarly, diabetes will exaggerate the destructive response to plaque. Other conditions that exacerbate the symptoms of periodontal disease include pregnancy hormones, stress and some medications.

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How do we treat gum disease?

The type of treatment you’ll have will depend on how severe your gum disease is. Your dentist may refer you for treatment with a dental hygienist or a specialist periodontist.

The aim of periodontal treatment is to stop the inflammation of your gums and ensure the thorough removal of plaque and calculus deposits from all your tooth and root surfaces.

Once these deposits have been removed, and are maintained, the cause of the gum reaction can be eliminated, and the destructive inflammation controlled. Providing the tooth surface is kept clean and free of plaque, the gums will return to a healthy, non-swollen, non-inflamed state.

The most important aspect of treatment for gum disease is an improvement in oral hygiene and a reduction in the amount of deposits on the teeth. Your dentist or hygienist will advise you on methods and techniques that are suitable for you.

If you or your family have a history of gum disease it is important that you mention this to your dentist on your first consultation and seek a thorough assessment of your gum health.

At Larkham House, our dentists, and dental hygienists will be able to assess your susceptibility to gum disease and provide the appropriate treatment, tailored for your specific treatment needs and the best course of action for you.

What do our patients say about treatment at Larkham House?

Friendly and welcoming

Just wanted to say how impressed I was with the manner of the dentist I saw this morning with our kids. She explained everything she was doing and showed the kids the tools, the practice was friendly and welcoming.

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I attended this morning and was delighted by the service I received. Dr. Matthew Sadd was both clear, concise and very helpful and I wanted to put my gratitude in writing.


Very friendly and supportive staff

Very friendly and supportive staff – they always think of patients needs and treat all patients as individuals, not the same.


Extremely Caring

Extremely caring, I have been made to feel at ease.

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I had a tooth taken out and an implant done to replace the gap. I would 100% say to go for it, the whole experience, start to finish has been amazing, and all the questions asked were answered and more. I’m a nervous patient, but everyone made me feel so much better and my implant… Read more “Happy Implant Patient”

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Dentist Dr Vivek Giddani makes you feel at ease – had confidence in his ability to make the procedure as pleasant as possible and not have any adverse outcomes.

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A very professional and welcoming team.

A very professional and welcoming team. Clinic very modern and equipped with the latest technology. Would highly recommend a visit.

Amanda H.

Fabulous dentist

As a very very nervous patient and I haven’t visited a dentist for a long time, I took myself and my son here. Fabulous dentist who kept me very calm thank you

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Warm welcome

Warm welcome. Friendly professional team. I am nervous of the dentist but was made to feel at ease immediately. Thank you.

Diane B.

Lovely practice

Lovely practice, never run late and never rushed by dentist, feel like the checkup we have is always thorough and honest.

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Would recommend this practice to anyone

My families teeth are in safe hands! Would recommend this practice to anyone

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Excellent service

Excellent service , they really care about you as a person and your family well being.

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Excellent service

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Excellent practice

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