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Award winning specialists
in the treatment of
gum disease

About us

London’s leading Periodontist

Dr. Neesha Patel, Clinical Director at Pure Periodontics, is widely recognised as one of the best periodontal disease specialists London has to offer. Awarded Specialist status in Periodontics by the General Dental Council, a Consultant Periodontist at King’s College Hospital and winner of numerous awards in restorative dentistry and oral surgery, Neesha’s expertise is second to none.

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How to treat
gum disease

Pure Periodontics utilise advanced techniques, and the use of state-of-the-art laser technology, to diagnose and treat periodontal conditions such as bleeding and receding gums. During an initial consultation with Dr. Patel, she will diagnose your problem and then determine the best course of periodontal treatment for you.

Laser gum

Pure Periodontics is the ONLY specialist periodontics practice in central London offering the revolutionary Waterlase™ treatment. Minimally invasive and using water in conjunction with a laser to treat infected tissue, the innovative Waterlase provides enhanced clinical results.

periodontal care

At Pure Periodontics, patients are at the forefront of care using best practice principles. Pure Periodontics is renowned for its exceptional level of patient care, which is offered through a dedicated pre and post treatment team to ensure that every patient has the necessary information, treatment options and ongoing support to maintain periodontal health.


Do you have
gum disease?

More than 45% of adults in the UK are affected by gum disease, or gingivitis as it’s known in dental care. Many of you will recognise some of the symptoms of gum disease, without even knowing that you are suffering from it. The severity of gum disease is often underestimated, even by some health professionals, and can greatly affect your quality of life and general health if left untreated. The good news is when it’s caught early, gum disease is very treatable, making it vitally important that you both attend regular check-ups with your dental team and maintain good oral hygiene.

Whilst there are many different types and stages of periodontal disease, there are some common symptoms which indicate the presence of periodontal infection and should not be overlooked. Symptoms of gum disease can include red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, receding gums, migration & loosening of your teeth, a change in your bite and spaces developing between your teeth.

If you recognise any of these early symptoms of periodontal disease, it’s important not to ignore them and that you have these abnormalities checked. You’ll find more information about the different stages of gum disease using the link below.

What does
treatment involve?

The first stage in periodontal treatment is a consultation appointment. It is vitally important for the ultimate success of any treatment that the severity and extent of the disease are established at the outset. This is done by carefully measuring the position of the gums and determining whether or not spaces have developed between the gums and the teeth.

These spaces are called ‘pockets’ and their depth is registered on a special chart. In addition to these recordings, x-rays which show the position and height of the supporting bone around the teeth will be taken and evaluated. Once all the information has been collated, a plan for treatment can be devised. A range of treatment options will be presented and their merits and potential drawbacks will be discussed with you. This is the best time to ask any questions you may have regarding your treatment.

The aim at Pure Periodontics is to preserve your teeth wherever possible and if it is advisable. By the end of this appointment you will be fully informed about your periodontal condition and have a sound understanding of the proposed treatment as well as the likelihood of success.

Treatment options may include the following:

Non surgical therapies

If the infection of the gums is in its earliest stages, it may be possible to simply professionally clean the teeth. The aim of non-surgical therapy is to remove plaque, calculus (tartar) and toxins that are in contact with the tooth root surface from below the gum line.

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Surgical therapies

Surgical periodontal therapies are used to treat advanced gum disease to decrease the risk of further deterioration and will typically be prescribed in conjunction with non-surgical treatments. Surgical therapies aim to either remove diseased gum and bone for better cleaning access or to build missing tissue back to a healthier state.

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Periodontal care

Supportive periodontal care is carried out after successful completion of periodontal treatment, bringing inflammation under control. A vital part of the successful treatment of gum disease, supportive periodontal care is designed to maintain improvements and to minimise the recurrence of gum disease.

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Award winning
periodontal care

At Pure Periodontics we are proud to be acknowledged for our achievements and we remain dedicated to continuing our efforts to provide an award-winning service to all our patients.

Expert team

Meet the caring team
who will treat you

Dr Neesha Patel

Specialist Periodontist
Clinical Director

Neesha is the Clinical Director at Pure Periodontics and a Consultant Periodontist at Kings College Hospital, London.

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Gum disease

Gum disease FAQ’s

Despite being one of the most wide-spread diseases across the world, gum disease is preventable and can be easily treated when it is found early enough. Get in touch if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a mild, early form of gum disease that occurs when bacteria and plaque build up in the mouth and irritates your gums, leading to infection. Whilst gingivitis is sometimes silent and doesn’t always cause symptoms, it can make your gums red, swollen and tender. Detected early and gingivitis is easily treated and reversible. Regular checkups and good oral hygiene at home can help to prevent the disease from worsening.

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a severe, irreversible form of gum disease and occurs when inflammation or infection in the gums is left untreated. Whilst periodontitis is irreversible, visiting a specialist periodontist for treatment can stop the disease from progressing any further and reduce the risk of tooth loss.

What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease, presenting as gum inflammation or infection. Gingivitis usually precedes periodontitis, a severe stage of gum disease and the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The significant difference between the two is that gingivitis is reversible, whilst periodontitis is not.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Whilst gum disease may sometimes progress painlessly, there are some subtle signs of the condition to be aware of. These symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen or bleeding gums. Healthy gums should be pink and firm. Loose teeth, bad breath and ‘pockets’ developing between teeth and the gums can also be an indication of gum disease in some form. Recognise any of these symptoms and it’s vitally important to have them checked by your dental team.

What are the links between periodontitis and other diseases?

Periodontitis has been associated with a number of other systemic diseases including respiratory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, cognitive impairment, metabolic syndrome, obesity and cancer. Good gum health is paramount to your general well being.

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth and more commonly known as gum disease. Periodontists undertake years of extensive specialist training beyond dental school, culminating in being awarded Specialist status in Periodontics by the General Dental Council.

How is periodontitis treated?

Periodontal disease is treated in a number of different ways depending on how advanced the disease is, how you may have responded to prior treatments and your overall health. Generally speaking, early stages of gum disease are treated using non-surgical methods to control and possibly eradicate the growth of bacteria. With more advanced cases of periodontal disease, surgical procedures are implemented to restore the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth.

What is Waterlase™ treatment?

Waterlase™ is one of the most advanced periodontal treatments in dentistry today. Using patented technology, Waterlase™ combines focused light energy with a stream of water for a highly precise and minimally invasive dental experience, without the heat, vibration and pressure associated with traditional dental procedures. In periodontology, Waterlase™ is used to remove debris and bacteria that has built up between the teeth and gums.

Is there anything I can do to prevent gum disease?

In order to prevent gum disease, plaque control is essential. Daily brushing and flossing your teeth, along with biannual hygienist visits can prevent or in some cases reverse gum disease if it's in its infancy. Antibacterial mouthwash can also help to reduce bacteria that can lead to plaque and inflammation. At Pure Periodontics, our pre and post treatment care team are on hand to support you with maintaining improvements and minimising the recurrence of gum disease.

What are the stages of gum disease?

Typically, periodontal disease can be categorised into four distinct stages. These include:
Stage 1: Gingivitis
Stage 2: Early Periodontal Disease
Stage 3: Moderate Periodontal Disease
Stage 4: Advanced Periodontal Disease