What is a Periodontist?
A Periodontist is a Dental Surgeon who has specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases affecting the supporting structures of the teeth. These supporting structures include the gums, ligaments and bones within the jaws.
What is Periodontitis?
‘Periodontal’ refers to the area around your teeth, gum, bones and the ligaments that support them. These structures, essential foundations for teeth for life, can be damaged by chronic inflammation and bacterial infection.
Periodontitis can affect one tooth or many and results in bleeding, pain and tooth loss if not treated. The damage caused to the bone and gums is irreversible. However, comprehensive treatment and aftercare can prevent further harm. In some cases, other medical problems are linked to severe gum disease.
What causes Periodontitis?
Periodontitis can be caused by a build up of bacteria in your mouth. Some individuals are more susceptible than others . What begins as sore, reddened gums (gingivitis) progresses to periodontitis as plaque grows beneath the gum line. The gums then separate from the teeth, forming pockets which become infected with harmful bacteria.
Factors such as smoking, stress and pregnancy can make you more vulnerable to periodontal disease. There is a genetic tendancy towards the disease in the most severe cases. Scientists now believe that other conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, in which the immune system is compromised, can also leave you more prone to periodontal problems. Anatomical factors such as size and shape of the tooth root, thickness of the bone and attached gingivae will determine the likelihood of these structures breaking down when exposed to plaque, infection or trauma.
Specialist in Periodontics
Our periodontist is highly qualified and experienced, with due recognition from the General Dental Council for entry onto the Specialist List for Periodontics. You will receive the very best service and dental care available.