Periodontic treatment

You and your dentist know your mouth better than anyone else, but despite best efforts, sometimes specialist help is required to stabilise periodontal (gum) disease. 

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis (gum disease) is a condition that causes bone destruction around the teeth, resulting in loss of support and reduced stability, which can lead to loosening of the teeth and tooth loss.  Gum disease is a life-long condition that cannot be ‘cured’, just as diabetes, but one can stabilise the condition so it no longer actively destroys the bone and gum which supports the teeth. 

What happens following referral?

Your periodontal journey at Bristol Dental Specialists will start with a comprehensive mouth assessment by our Specialist in Restorative Dentistry, James Ban.  It will include baseline records of your gum condition.  It may also include x-rays and photographs to help formulate a diagnosis.  Your diagnosis and prognosis of your teeth will be explained.  A bespoke treatment plan will then be formulated for you and your dentist will be informed throughout.

How long does treatment take?

As treatment is bespoke to each patient there is no ‘fixed’ number of appointments. A typical course of treatment is likely to include an initial pre-operative supportive care appointment with our hygienist, followed by treatment appointments with our Specialist.  Your response to treatment will be assessed 3 months later.  In most cases a personal 3-monthly gum maintenance programme will be formulated, which can be carried out either at your local dental practice or at Bristol Dental Specialists, depending on you and your dentists wishes.   

What happens after treatment?

After initial treatment a small number of patients, with extensive periodontal disease may need to undergo periodontal surgery to stabilise their gum condition.  Any need for surgery will be discussed at your review appointment.  A majority of patients however, are discharged back to their dentists care and will be referred if and when required.