Perhaps your dentist and dental hygienist have been managing your gum disease for some while but the inevitable has happened and some progression has taken place? Perhaps your teeth are becoming loose or you have even had to lose one or two. Many patients come to us with adult periodontitis that needs more management than their dentist can provide. It maybe time to even consider loss of a tooth or two with replacement with dental implants.
Our team can help by assessing the overall situation and finding a way forward with you that suits you. Our team of specialists cover all these areas to help you return to having excellent dental health with teeth and a smile you can be proud of. If you have been struggling with bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth and pain, now is the time to ask for help. If you are particularly nervous, we are always able to offer sedation for any treatment you may require and you can be confident that all aspects of your care will be discussed with you including costs and time scales.
Bleeding gums are NOT normal.
With severe disease you may notice that :
Treatment is based on controlling the bacteria.
In most people the treatment aims to prevent the disease from getting worse and cannot reliably replace the support your teeth have already lost.
Healthier gums mean that you should be able to keep your teeth longer. The improvement will depend on how good your cleaning becomes and how severe your disease was to begin with
A Periodontist is a qualified dentist who has had a minimum of 3 years extra post graduate training in the detection, diagnosis and management of patients with periodontal problems and in the planning and placement of dental implants
Dental therapists, in common with the rest of the dental team, are concerned with your total oral health.
A dental therapist may quiz you in detail about your diet in order to identify risk factors for tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, or tooth surface erosion.
Dental therapists carry out superficial and deep cleaning (with local anaesthesia if required) and personalised oral hygiene instruction. They may suggest specific treatments for tooth sensitivity.
They are also vital in monitoring your general oral health and your specific periodontal status.
Dental therapists are an essential part of a comprehensive dental team, particularly in a periodontal practice. They work under the supervision of the periodontists.
We do not offer this type of treatment as the evidence for the efficacy of this technique is weak at the moment, compared with conventional deep cleaning.
With some more advanced types of periodontal disease, we may recommend a week’s course of antibiotics at the end of any deep cleaning, in order to eliminate more bacteria in the mouth so as to maximise the healing and pocket shrinkage.