There are three types of periodontal disease. This is caused when bacteria, found in plaque, works between the soft tissues (gums) and your tooth. It slowly destroys the underlying bone and damages the roots of your teeth. In time, your gums become more inflamed and ‘puffy’, bleed readily and uncomfortable eating and eventually, if left untreated, could lead to loss of your teeth. The early stages can be treated with non-surgical clinical techniques.
What is Periodontal Disease?
What treatments are there for periodontal disease?
Initially, a record of measurements are taken around each tooth to ascertain the level of the disease. This is repeated throughout each stage of treatment to continuously check the progression of the disease. This is called a six-point pocket chart.
Once it is clear which stage of the disease you have, recommendations on the appropriate treatment are made and a bespoke treatment plan is given to you. The early stage of treatment may involve oral hygiene instruction and deep scaling (prophylaxis) and polishing with a Dental Hygienist/Therapist. Once this phase of treatment is completed, you are reassessed by Our Specialist Periodontist to see if further treatment is necessary.
Root plaining is another form of deep scaling which can be best carried out by the Periodontist. This treatment is carried out under a local anaesthetic and is usually treated over 2 appointments.
Periodontal Surgery – This is the most invasive treatment and sometimes necessary for moderate and advanced disease cases. It may also be necessary to add bone grafting and application of medicaments to the area to help destroy the harmful bacteria and rebuild your lost bone.
How much will this cost?
It is difficult to give an accurate fee for periodontal treatment as there can be a wide range of treatments required per case. However, a general guide is below:
What should I expect once treatment is completed?
You will always need regular hygienist and dentist support to maintain a meticulous oral hygiene regime. We are always here to support you as well as your own dentist. Visits between your regular dentist and us are recommended.
Some examples from patients who have undergone successful recession and root coverage surgical procedures:
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Meet Our Experts
Dr Shakeel Shahdad
Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Specialist in Periodontics, Endodontics, and Prosthodontics
Dr Deborah Bomfim
Consultant Specialist and Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry
Dr Narinder Dhadwal
Specialist in Periodontics