Periodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry that aims to diagnose and treat diseases that are affecting the supporting tissues, such as gums and bones, around the roots of teeth and implants. Gum disease is a dental problem that affects millions of us in the UK, so act now rather than later.
A Periodontist is a dentist who has undergone specialist training in the discipline of Periodontics. So they are specifically trained to perform procedures in this area of dentistry. Periodontics can present more complex and challenging cases than regular dental issues, which is why it is important to have a trained specialist on hand to diagnose and treat the problem. Some treatments may also present technical challenges that may require specialistic equipment which is not routinely available in a general dental practice.
Usually, the only way to identify a periodontal disease is through a periodontal evaluation by a periodontist. Your symptoms will depend on the stage of the disease, but generally, you may be in need of a periodontal evaluation if you notice any of the following symptoms:
When you visit your dentist or the hygienist, they will help you fight off the early symptoms of gum disease by removing plaque build-up from the gum line and thoroughly cleaning your teeth. If left untreated, your symptoms will worsen and lead to signs of this more advanced form of gum disease.
A periodontol or even your dentist can detect these signs during a dental check up. It’s important your gums and teeth are monitored over time to make sure any signs of gum disease are under control and not progressed to a more severe case.
While we will treat the initial symptoms of periodontal disease within the practice, if the disease has progressed, we may need to refer you to a specialist in order for you to get the best, most suitable treatment.
Periodontal treatment targets the gums and jawbone when they have been damaged by disease or decay. Leaving gum disease untreated can ultimately lead to the loss of your natural teeth.
Gum disease is linked with other health problems
There is also increasing evidence that suggests leaving untreated periodontal diseases for too long can lead to general health problems later on down the line. There is on-going research that links diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, strokes, heart/cardiovascular diseases, as well as premature births in mothers with periodontal problems.
Gum disease is linked to smoking
Those that regularly smoke are believed to be at much higher risk of having periodontal problems in comparison to non-smokers. Doctors and other medical specialists are becoming increasingly aware of the need for periodontal treatment before suggesting alternative medical treatment.
We have a Peterborough periodontists specialist here at Meadows Dental Care. They are our very own expert who is fully trained and qualified to diagnose and treat any periodontal problems that you may have. So, if you are currently noticing major signs, struggling with any of the above symptoms, or suspect you may need a periodontics treatment in the UK, then get in touch with us today.
The good news is that periodontitis can be treated and stopped if noticed early on. We’re here to help treat the problem before it worsens.
Gum disease treatment costs do vary from practice to practice. The price of your periodontal treatment here at Meadows Dental Care will also depend on your individual case.
Patients of all ages are welcomed at Meadows Dental Care; we have the expertise and equipment to address a wide variety of dental problems. From our extensive menu of services, you will find what you are looking for when you want the best care for your smile.