Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease can develop from a build-up of plaque on the teeth and gums. Bacteria within this plaque can irritate the gums, causing redness, swelling and bleeding. If this early stage of gum disease (known as gingivitis) is not treated, it can lead to periodontitis, a more serious condition that can affect the gum and underlying bone, and even lead to tooth loss.
Why is periodontal treatment necessary?
If gum disease is allowed to develop, it can result in the formation of pockets around the teeth and loss of the underlying bone, which means the tooth will not be adequately supported and can eventually fall out.
What are the options?
If you have periodontal disease, scaling and root planing can remove hardened plaque (tartar), which will allow the gums to heal and reattach to the tooth. Scaling cleans deposits from the teeth and root planing smooths the root area to prevent further bacteria from collecting under the gumline.
We can also surgically address bone loss and perform gum grafts to treat the effects of advanced gum disease. In addition, we offer crown lengthening, a procedure to expose more of the tooth above the gum to allow for successful placement of a crown. This type of surgery can also be used for aesthetic reasons, to remove excess gum tissue and eliminate a ‘gummy’ smile.
Why choose specialist gum treatment?
Our specialist periodontists are highly qualified and have extensive experience in treating gum disease. This means we can offer more advanced treatment than may be available at a general dental practice. We also use refined techniques combined with the most advanced equipment to achieve the best possible outcome and, following treatment, we will continue to monitor the health of your gums.
Our hygienist works alongside our specialist periodontist to help maintain healthier teeth and gums, and to offer useful advice about caring for your mouth at home.
If you feel you are not receiving the periodontal treatment you need, you can ask for a referral to our practice or arrange to see our specialist periodontist, Dr Rupal Patel.
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