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Periodontal disease: what is it?

Periodontal disease is a condition that affects the gums, bones and other tissues directly supporting your teeth. Many people suffer from inflammation of the gums, but there is about ten per cent of people that are more susceptible to the very severe stage of this disease. At this stage, people may experience loss of the supporting bones due to the disease. Most times, this disease occurs as a result of the steady build-up of bacteria on the teeth.

What is the cause of periodontal disease in people?

Reports show that about ten per cent of the population have a heightened risk of developing periodontal disease. However, everyone’s risk increases when they smoke, become stressed or have a history of the disease in their family. So, you need to quit smoking if you are interested in reducing your risk. Diseases like diabetes can also increase ones risk of the disease.

What is the surest way of knowing whether I have this disease?

Though everyone has differing symptoms for periodontal disease, the general sign of this disease is bleeding gums, especially when the patient is brushing. At an advanced stage, some teeth may start to move or drift. There is an excellent possibility for you to have this disease without knowing what its symptoms are. So, it would help if you made regular visits to your dentist so that he can detect the presence of such a problem at an early stage.

What should I do if I suspect that I have this disease?

The first thing to do is to visit your dentist so that he or she can properly diagnose the case. After this, he will suggest the most suitable treatment for the condition, and this may include some unique methods of oral hygiene that will prevent the build-up of bacteria in your teeth.

He may also recommend that you go to a professional who will carry out teeth cleaning procedure for you.

When periodontists follow these methods, they will be able to treat almost every kind of periodontal case successfully. However, every once in awhile, you may need more complicated treatments. But you do not need to worry; your dental practitioner will give you the best advice.

Where can I fetch more information?

Your qualified dentist should be your first source of information on periodontal therapy. But if you do not have one, you can check for the dentists in your local area and ask a few friends and relatives to recommend you one. Better still, you can call us at Fulham Dental Centre via 0207 385 6532.

How can I locate a specialist periodontist?

Your dental practitioner knows a specialist periodontist, so you can ask him to refer you one. Also, you can search for the General Dental Council website for a specialist.

Can this website provide me with more information?

Fulham Dental Centre works with expert consultant specialist periodontists that have been experienced in preventing and treating gum diseases. Conditions like halitosis (bad breath), gum recession, bleeding gums, tooth mobility, oral soft tissue anomalies, etc., are examples of cases that our specialists do provide standard available treatment.

From us, you can expect a detailed explanation for procedures attached with a complete report and a recommended treatment plan according to the National Institute of British Society of Periodontology.

You can also relate your concerns with us by sending us an email via [email protected] We will reply and personally handle your issue.

What should I expect from my periodontist?

  • Your periodontist will evaluate your teeth and gums; their states, and how well they bite together.
  • Your periodontist will advise you on how well you should care for your teeth, gums and every part of your mouth. He or she will tell you the available periodontic treatments in your area and how well you can clean your teeth to avoid having plaques.
  • Your periodontist may carry out planning for a root canal treatment by cleaning your gum pockets until all the bacteria and plaques in that area are gone. If you are among the patients that may experience some discomforts, he will offer you a local anaesthetic.
  • If you do not experience improvement or your deep gum pockets are inaccessible, your dentist will recommend surgery.

Do you want to visit our dentist? Contact us via 0207 385 6532 to book an appointment.

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