Preventing and treating the effects of gum disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, and its treatment and control is the most important factor underpinning all aspects of dentistry. Our dentists work closely with the hygienists and periodontists to prevent and treat the effects of gum disease with thorough, professional removal of plaque and tips and advice for home maintenance.

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What is periodontal disease?

When plaque and tartar caused by bacteria in your mouth is not removed regularly, it begins to irritate your gums and can lead to periodontal disease. The early stage can be reversed by your hygienist or periodontist, removing the plaque and tartar to eliminate your symptoms.

However, if this is left untreated, your gums begin to recede, forming pockets between the gum and tooth and exposing the vulnerable tooth root. Once plaque builds up on these pockets and beneath the gum line, it is much harder to remove. This stage of periodontal disease can be managed through more extensive treatment, but is irreversible. It may also destroy the bone which provides support to your teeth, leading to them becoming loose and eventually falling out.

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Periodontal surgery

In severe cases of gum disease, surgical intervention may be advised. Dr Fahd Saleh PHD is a Consultant Periodontal Surgeon responsible for periodontics at Enhance Dental. In cases of an advanced periodontal condition, he will clinically assess your teeth and gums, and discuss with you the very best course of action to help stabilise the pockets, possibly with surgical intervention.

Periodontal surgery is carried out at Enhance Dental using local anaesthetic. It may involve gum grafts, regenerative procedures, dental crown lengthening, pocket reduction, periodontal plastic surgery and sinus lifts.

Fahd accepts referrals from dentists and hygienists, as well as patient self referrals, for:

  • the assessment and management of patients with severe gum diseases
  • the management of gum deformities such as gum recession
  • placement of dental implants
  • management of inflammatory reactions to dental implants
  • management of gum discrepancies to allow for multidisciplinary dental rehabilitation
  • oral surgery and restorative care for all patient groups
  • provision of dental treatment under conscious sedation

Patients are ONLY treated for the referred condition and are discharged back upon completion of active treatment. We also welcome members of the public who wish to see Fahd directly.

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Frequently asked questions:

  • is an excellent website produced by the British Society of Periodontists including detailed patient information.

  • The symptoms of periodontal disease can be silent or very mild, especially in the early stages. You may experience red, swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath or tooth sensitivity, but in some cases periodontal disease can only be spotted during an appointment with your periodontist or hygienist. It is important to keep up with regular appointments to best protect and maintain your oral health.

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