Periodontics

Periodontal diseases are complex diseases initiated by bacteria accumulating around teeth.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal diseases are complex diseases initiated by bacteria accumulating around teeth. This accumulation of bacteria (also known as plaque) leads to inflammation of the gum tissues i.e. to gingivitis. If this dental plaque is not removed, it may initiate an immune and inflammatory response which, in susceptible subjects, can lead to periodontitis. Although most individuals suffer gum inflammation from time to time, around 10% of the population appear to be affected from the more severe forms of the disease which cause significant loss of supporting bone. This group is at greatest risk of losing teeth through periodontal disease.

Setting up a consultation

A full Periodontal Consultation will first be carried out by our Specialist Periodontist Dr Pano Kaimakamis. This will involve extensive investigation of the current health of your gums as well as x-rays to determine the extent of bone loss. Once we understand and get to the bottom of the reasons for and extent of periodontal disease, treatment options and recommendations will be discussed with you, and follow up appointments arranged.

What else might I need to see a periodontist for?

Guided Tissue Regeneration; Pocket Reduction Surgery; Plastic Periodontal Surgery; Crown Lengthening; Recession coverage surgery; Peri-implantitis and Peri-implant soft tissue defects. But don’t worry about the jargon! Your dentist, hygienist and periodontist will be there to advise you on what we recommend for your individual case and explain exactly what it entails.

For all referrals to our Specialist Periodontist, Dr Pano Kaimakamis, please head over to our Referrals page.

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