Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal Therapy - Treatment & Prevention of Gum Disease

Treatment and prevention of gum disease

Periodontal therapy is the treatment and prevention of gum disease. Healthy teeth need healthy gums and if left untreated gum disease can cause the loss of our teeth. But if we give our gums proper treatment and care, our teeth should last a lifetime.

Here at Hayes Dental we have one of the country’s top consultant specialist periodontist Dr Omar Patel who is a specialist in treating, managing and preventing gum disease. From cases of bleeding gums, gingival ( gum) recession, tooth mobility, bad breath (halitosis) and oral soft tissue anomalies, a specialist periodontist offers the very best gold standard available treatment options . You will have a detailed assessment of your periodontium, accurate measurements taken, radiographs if needed and receive a detailed report with a proposed treatment plan on recommendations that are in line with the British Society of Periodontology and National Institute of clinical excellence.

If you require any form of gum disease treatment in Bromley, Croydon, South London or Kent from diagnosis and prevention to possible solutions, contact Hayes Dental Surgery today.

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Dr Omar Patel

Consultant Specialist Periodontist

  • Consultant Specialist Periodontist at Guy’s, Kings St Thomas’s Dental Institute
  • Registered Specialist Periodontist
  • Clinical Lecturer in gum health, bleeding gums and teeth mobility 
  • One of very few Consultant Periodontists in the United Kingdom

Dr Omar Patel is one of very few consultant specialist periodontists in the United Kingdom. Dr Patel was awarded the Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2007 and the Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2008. In 2016, he was awarded the Masters in Clinical Dentistry in Periodontics from King's College, London, with merit and passed the Membership in Periodontics examination from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. He was a Specialist Registrar in Periodontics at Guy's Hospital, London, for four years undertaking all aspects of periodontal therapy including surgical, non-surgical, muco-gingival and implant therapy.

As well as providing periodontal care at the practice, he is an active member of the British Society of Periodontology and has a special interest in the association between periodontal disease and diabetes. In 2015, he received the Ron F. Wilson postgraduate research award from King’s College London for clinical research and has presented his research internationally.. He was recently awarded the position of examiner for the Licence in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons, England, the oldest continuously existing dental qualification in the United Kingdom

1What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection of the gums and/or the other tissues surrounding the teeth. As many as three in four of us will develop gum disease at some stage and if left too long the result can be loss of teeth.
2How does it develop?

Bacterial plaque, a sticky, colourless film, constantly forms on our teeth. When it’s not properly removed by brushing, flossing and professional cleaning, it hardens into a rough deposit called calculus, or tartar.

The bacteria in plaque produce toxins which irritate the gums and can make them red, tender, swollen and more likely to bleed.

Further along the track the toxins begin to destroy the supporting tissues around teeth, forming pockets that fill with more plaque. If allowed to progresses further, the bone that supports the teeth may be permanently damaged and unless treated, the affected teeth can become loose and are eventually lost.

3Can I prevent gum disease?
Conscientious removal of plaque by brushing, flossing and professional cleanings minimises the risks of gum disease. However, other factors can affect the health of your gums, including hereditary factors, stress, diabetes and pregnancy.
4What does periodontal disease involve?

In the earlier stages of gum disease, the treatment involves scaling and root planing, which is removing plaque and calculus in the pockets around the tooth and smoothing the root surfaces. In most cases of early gum disease, scaling and root planing combined with proper daily cleaning are all that are required to bring gums back to health.

More advanced cases may require surgical treatment to remove calculus from deep pockets around the teeth, shrink the pockets, smooth the root surfaces and re-arrange gum tissue to make it easier to keep clean.

5How much will the treatment cost?
The cost of the periodontal treatment will vary depending upon your needs. After your periodontist has examined you and determined the appropriate treatment, he or she can provide you with an estimate of the cost. Keep in mind that treating gum disease is less costly, and better for your health, than replacing teeth lost to untreated gum disease.

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