Periodontics in Brentwood, Essex

Sovereign House Dental Centre are based Brentwood, Essex and offer expert help and advice on Periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease

The 2 most common periodontal diseases are gingivitis and periodontitis, both of which are caused by plaque bacteria.

Gingivitis responds well to improved oral hygiene and the professional removal of calcified plaque deposits (calculus), from around the teeth, with a return to gingival health.

Periodontitis is characterised by swelling and bleeding from the gums, gum recession, tooth mobility, drifting and halitosis (bad breath). In the early stages, patients may have hardly any symptoms at all. Plaque accumulations around the teeth lead to the breakdown of the attachment between the tooth and the gum, resulting in the loosening of the gums around the teeth and the formation of ‘pockets’. This allows the plaque bacteria to grown beneath the gums, destroying the bone and causing the gums to recede, leading to the eventual loss of the tooth.

There does appear to be a genetic susceptibility to periodontal disease, which means that some individuals are more likely to suffer from the disease than others and in some highly susceptible individuals even low plaque levels can initiate the disease. Other risk factors include smoking, diabetes and stress. Smokers will need to quit smoking, in order to achieve the maximum response to treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment

At the Consultation visit a full examination of the health of the gums is undertaken and includes x-rays to determine the extent of any bone loss. Treatment options are discussed and findings forwarded to your dentist.

Treatment involves the deep scaling of the teeth, to remove plaque and calculus deposits from within the pockets. This is carried out under local anaesthesia. Periodontal surgery is sometimes required to remove all the plaque from beneath the gum. It may also be used, in some individuals, to cover the exposed root surfaces of the teeth, to improve aesthetics and sensitivity.

Following treatment, we recommend that patients see a hygienist regularly, as evidence suggests that regular professional care results in improved long term stability.

Lesley Pantlin

BSc, BDS, MSc, FDS, RCS (Eng)
General Dental Council Registration Number 6087

General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Periodontology

Zohra Rashid

BDS, MFDS RCS (Edin), MClinDent, MPerio RCS (Edin)
General Dental Council Registration Number 114278

General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Periodontology

Fees

Initial Consultation, including intra-oral radiographs.

£150

Treatment

From £300 per hour

Where are we based

We are based in Brentwood, Essex in the High Street. There are a few parking areas in Brentwood, please visit our Contact page for more information