Periodontics is the Speciality of diagnosing and treating patients with gum disease and a Periodontist is the dentist who treats these patients often with the assitance of a dental hygienist.
The gums and socket bones that support our teeth will develop infections, unless the mouth is kept clean. A superficial infection is called 'gingivitis'; the gums are swollen, red and bleed easily when touched. A more advanced infection is called 'periodontitis': a pocket develops between the tooth and the infected gum. The gums are often red and bleed easily but may also recede down the tooth root as the infected socket bone is eroded away by infection. Teeth may loosen and drift slightly from their original position. Healthy gums and socket bones are also important when our teeth are in need of repair and a Periodontist is often needed to provide preliminary care before a tooth is suitable for restoration.
Any treatment should involve both teaching the patient techniques to improve dental hygiene as well as professional cleaning of teeth both above and below the gumline.
A periodontist is also skilled in periodontal plastic surgery, to reshape and repair damaged gum tissues, to enhance cosmetic appearance and improve the health of teeth and gums.
Manchester Dental Specialists accepts referrals for patients that need specialist Periodontal treatment.