Periodontal specialists are experts in preventing, diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. We can help you take care of your gums, so they stay healthy.
When Do I Need to See a Periodontist?
Typically, a general dentist can handle certain periodontal problems.
However, with an increasing number of patients displaying indications of periodontal disease, and research indicating a link between periodontal disease and other chronic illnesses of ageing, periodontal therapy requires better awareness and skill on the part of a trained professional. This is the time when seeing a periodontist becomes beneficial to your dental health.
Patients with moderate to severe periodontal disease, as well as those with more complex issues, benefit from a joint effort between a dentist and a periodontist. Our team consists of highly experienced dentists and periodontists.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a term that refers to a collection of diseases that affect the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth. This category encompasses a variety of problems such as gingivitis, gum recession and periodontitis.
Periodontitis is caused by tooth plaque. Without removal, plaque hardens and develops into tartar. Plaque and tartar build-up beneath the gum line contribute to further bone loss around the teeth. This may be undetectable since the gums remain in place, while the underlying bone that supports the teeth erodes. As bone loss continues, the gap between the gums and teeth narrows, causing deep pockets to form, creating a reservoir for the germs that cause periodontal disease. Keeping this area clean is a challenge.
As the bone around the teeth gradually deteriorates, the teeth become loose and more vulnerable to infection. Teeth naturally fall out over time. Adult tooth loss is most frequently caused by periodontitis. Periodontitis left untreated can have a variety of detrimental implications on a person’s health, including persistent inflammation, loose and missing teeth, abscesses, discomfort and loss of function.
Periodontitis development and progression are also influenced by genetics, behaviour and medical conditions. Genetic predisposition, smoking and the presence of other systemic diseases, such as diabetes, all influence periodontitis.
Due to the complexity of periodontitis, diagnosing and treating it successfully takes a significant amount of knowledge and experience. A periodontist often collaborates with the patient and their regular dentist to treat and prevent recurrences of the disease.
Often, the earliest stages of periodontal disease are best treated non-surgically. Non-surgical periodontal therapy frequently precedes surgical periodontal therapy, even in the most severe instances.
How Do Periodontal Specialists Treat Periodontal Diseases?
Do Periodontal Specialists Offer Additional Procedures?
St. Andrew Street Dental Practice Specialises in Periodontics
Book a consultation with our in-house periodontists at our clinic in Hertford. We take pride in our many years of service to our community. Please let us know how we can help you achieve your dental goals.