Periodontal (gum) problems affect 90% of the adult population of the UK. Most of these problems are minor and can be fixed by your dentist or hygienist. However, for more serious problems, your dentist or hygienist needs to refer you for a further opinion or treatment.
Gum disease is a major cause of early tooth loss, and prevention is essential. This involves screening to detect patients at risk of developing periodontal disease, and the removal of risk factors, through oral hygiene and tooth brushing instructions, regular cleaning of the teeth with scaling and polishing, as well as advice on stopping smoking.
How can a Periodontist help me?
Periodontists treat more difficult or complex cases; for example those patients with a complicated history, or those with severe gum disease. Treatments that can be offered include: