3 December 2015/in Latest Blogs
Periodontitis is simply inflammation of the gums and the supporting bone (alveolar bone) surrounding the teeth. It is a very serious infection that can lead to lasting damage to the tissues causing the alveolar bone around the teeth to slowly be lost.
Causes of Periodontitis
Periodontitis often begins with the build up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is the sticky substance that forms from the sugars and starches in food and the bacteria present in your mouth. Regular brushing removes plaque from your teeth but it reforms quickly – at various rates depending on diet and intake but within 24 hours.
Plaque that remains on your teeth for an extended period can turn into a hard substance called calculus. Calculus creates a bed for bacteria to grow on and can irritate your gum line. Hardened calculus cannot be removed simply by brushing and requires dental treatment to remove. It also makes the periodontal condition much worse by impeding effective cleaning.
Inflammation caused by the build up of plaque and calculus causes gaps to appear between the gum line and the teeth. These gaps or pockets then fill with further deposits of plaque, calculus and bacteria.
The bacteria in your mouth release endotoxins which also causes irritation of the gums. It's common symptoms are bleeding gums, tooth mobility, gum recession, bad breath and occasionally suppuration (pus) around the gums.
Left unchecked these pockets grow and begin to wear away your gum tissue and eventually your bone. If too much bone is lost then teeth can become loose, dislodged and eventually fall out.
There are a wide number of contributing factors that can cause periodontitis. The most common are lack of proper oral hygiene, poor diet and smoking. Smoking increases periodontitis by an enhanced factor of over 7 times. There are also a number of other potential risks that can lead to worsening periodontitis including genetic factors,stress, lowered immune system as the result of other medical treatment, age, diabetes and certain medications.
Effects of Periodontitis
The most common result of untreated periodontitis is tooth loss. However periodontitis has also been linked to a number of other afflictions including strokes, respiratory problems and coronary artery disease (Angina and Heart attacks) – as the bacteria in your gum line can potentially enter the bloodstream and travel to other areas of the body. It can also significantly worsen diabetic control.
If treated in its early stages periodontitis can be easily treated. The most common treatments will involve deep cleaning of the teeth to remove plaque, calculus and empty the gum pockets of bacteria. After treatment you will need to maintain a strong oral hygiene routine to prevent reoccurrence. In severe cases surgery may be required to more thoroughly clean out pockets. If untreated you may also require dental implants to replace teeth lost from periodontitis.
Can I Help?
If you're looking for a periodontist in London please do get in touch with me at B Dental.
If you live in Alton, Marlow, Winchester, Chippenham (http://londonroaddental.co.uk) or Hook then please telephone the practices listed on my website.
Why do I need a Periodontist?
15th May 2015/in Latest Blogs
For some people, a simple annual visit to the dentist is enough to keep their gums and teeth healthy, but there are many of us who may suffer from periodontal disease and require a more specialist treatment and in some cases dental implants. Your general dentist may be able to identify and treat some of the symptoms of periodontal disease, but they may not have the necessary skills or facilities for more advanced treatment, which is why they will most likely refer you to a fully qualified Periodontist, like Dr Amir Savage.
The early signs to look out for
The early symptoms of periodontitis or gum disease, include bleeding gums and halitosis (bad breath), which if left untreated, can result in the deterioration of the bone that supports the teeth, causing them to fall out.
How does treatment work?
The first stage of periodontal treatment is to have a full dental examination of the teeth and gums to assess the level of deterioration and establish if there are any loose teeth at risk of falling out. The specialist skill-set of Dr Amir Savage means he will then be able to treat the various symptoms of periodontitis and in the more severe cases offer solutions, such as specialist dental implants, root surface debridement to remove dead gum tissue or minor surgical procedures to effectively treat periodontal issues.
What options do I have for severe periodontal disease?
For those patients with more severe symptoms, Dr Amir Savage offers a great alternative to removable dentures with his expertise in dental implants. There are several types of dental implants available, including adhesive bridges, porcelain bonded bridges and the more advanced dental implants.
With a success rate of over 95%, the screw-in dental implant is considered the most effective treatment, as it is long-lasting and doesn’t damage the surrounding teeth. The treatment involves a root-shaped titanium screw being inserted into the gum where it will fuse with the jaw bone securely, allowing a replacement porcelain tooth to be fitted where the old one has fallen out.
The importance of finding a good periodontist
With an increasing number of cases of periodontal disease, it is imperative that you seek the right levels of treatment as soon as possible. This is why the specialist treatments that Dr Amir Savage provides are so important to retaining healthy teeth and gums and viable alternatives for periodontitis sufferers.
If you would like to know more about the services Dr Amir Savage offers, you can arrange a consultation via the website or call 07958 906 705.
Dear Patients And Referring Dentists
3rd January 2015/1 Comment/in Latest Blogs
Hello Patients and Referring Dentists,
Thanks you for visiting this website. I hope you found the information provided useful.
If there is anything you are concerned about or wish to discuss any aspect of gum or implant treatment please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to helping both patients and dentists achieve the perfect smile.
Best wishes for 2015