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Specialist Periodontics

SPECIALIST GUM CARE IN EPSOM, SURREY

General Dentistry

What is periodontics?

Specialist periodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions that affect the supporting structures of teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligaments, and bone. A specialist periodontist has received additional training beyond dental school and is an expert in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, as well as in the placement of dental implants. They use a variety of techniques and procedures, such as scaling and root planing, gum grafting, and bone regeneration, to help patients maintain healthy gums and supporting structures, and to treat various periodontal diseases.

How does it work?

Periodontal treatment is designed to address various gum diseases that affect the supporting structures of teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligaments, and bone. The treatment process typically involves several steps:

The first step in periodontal treatment is to diagnose the type and severity of the disease. This may involve a comprehensive oral exam, X-rays, and other diagnostic tests to determine the extent of the damage.

If the gum disease is mild or moderate, scaling and root planing may be the first line of treatment. This involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line and smoothing the root surfaces to promote healing.

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If the gum disease is more severe or if scaling and root planing is not enough, gum surgery may be necessary. This can involve several different procedures, such as flap surgery, gum grafting, and bone regeneration.

Once the periodontal treatment is complete, ongoing maintenance is critical to prevent a recurrence of the disease. This may involve regular check-ups, professional cleanings, and good oral hygiene habits at home.

Overall, periodontal treatment is designed to halt the progression of gum disease, prevent further damage to the supporting structures of teeth, and promote healing of the affected tissues. The specific treatment plan will depend on the type and severity of the disease and may involve several different procedures to achieve the desired outcome.

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