Understand Periodontal Disease
The phrase “long in the tooth” is a common one – and people think that they should naturally lose their teeth as they get older – but this need not be the case!!
True, people do become more prone to gum disease as they get older and therefore more at risk of losing their teeth, but this doesn’t mean that nothing can be done about it!
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is usually symptom free until it gets to the more advanced stages, at which point you may experience pain, bad tastes or bad breath, receding gums, teeth that have drifted or moved position, loose teeth, and abscesses. The best way to catch it in time is to have regular dental check ups so that your dentist can detect it in the earlier stages when it is easier to manage. However, it can be managed at any stage, and hopefully prevent tooth loss.
Many people think that bleeding gums are normal – well this is not the case, and in fact bleeding gums, while painless, are an early sign of gum disease.
Treating gum disease is not just about having a healthy mouth – gum diseases have been found to increase your risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory diseases, stress and depression, and other aspects of general health.
For further information, please refer to the About Periodontal Disease section
If your dentist has detected some degree of gum disease, they may wish to refer you to a periodontist. This is a dentist who has spent several years specialising in the management of gum diseases, and are therefore perhaps better qualified and equipped to manage the condition for you. A Specialist in Periodontics is a periodontist who has carried out accredited training, usually including some teaching experience, research, and multi-disciplinary training, and is on the specialist list held by The General Dental Council.
Some patients also see periodontists for other conditions not directly related to gum disease. These may be conditions such as extensively receding gums due to trauma from toothbrushing, removal of gum swellings, or as part of complex treatment plans requiring extensive crown and bridge work, or for the preparation and placement of dental implants
Your first visit
Your dentist or hygienist may refer you to us, or of course you can refer yourself. The first thing we need to do is to carry out a consultation for you, during which we go through your dental,medical, and social history, carry out a comprehensive dental examination and take any necessary radiographs. We will then discuss your diagnosis and suggested treatment, as well as long term prognosis. You will receive an estimate of costs along with a follow up clinical report. This process takes 45 minutes to an hour.