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Periodontal (Gum) Treatments

Periodontal and Gingival Disease  

Here at Escentics we are focused on early detection and prevention; thus at every routine check-up, we will assess the health of your gums. People who are suffering from mobile teeth, or bleeding gums may be subject to gum disease. Often the condition is pain free and chronic in nature. At our practice, we are focused on early detection and prevention. At every recall examination we will assess the gums as part of each detailed clinical assessment. Gum disease (gingivitis) affects the majority of all adults in the UK and it is the primary cause of tooth loss after the age of 35.  Gum disease is usually caused by long-term effects of dental plaque deposits.  Impacted food and injury to the gums from over-vigorous tooth brushing can also cause inflammation. The risk of gum disease (gingivitis) will also increase in poorly controlled diabetes, pregnancy, and the elderly and in conjunction with some forms of medication. When identified immediately, treatment of gingivitis is simple and reversible.  Treatment and prevention are based on good oral care routine including brushing, flossing and rising with an antiseptic mouthwash.  If left unchecked for too long it can develop into periodontitis.  

We have a Periodontist Dr Asmaa who is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. They receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures. Asmaa will assess the gums and decide which is the best treatment option for the patients. This may be;

Non-Surgical Treatments

Non--surgical periodontal treatment, includes scaling and root planing (a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins), followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis. 

Most periodontists would agree that after scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment, including surgical therapy. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain health. Non-surgical therapy does have its limitations, however, and when it does not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal anatomy damaged by periodontal diseases and to facilitate oral hygiene practices.

Periodontal Surgery

Periodontal surgery is necessary when your periodontist determines that the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment. Following are the four types of surgical treatments most commonly prescribed:

Pocket Reduction Procedures

Regenerative Procedures

Crown Lengthening

Soft Tissue Grafts

We have a Hygienist working alongside Asmaa who will provide prescribed simple scaling and polishing of teeth to more complex non-surgical gum treatments (to deal with deep pockets of disease around teeth) as well as educating our clients in the techniques for good oral care.