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Periodontics & Preventive Dentistry

Periodontal Treatments

Periodontal Treatments in Brighton

For patients with more advanced periodontal disease, we have the privilege to have Dr Sonum Patel in our team who can analyse your specific situation and provide more intensive treatment to target your treatment needs.

Petros provides treatment of all types of periodontal disease. Using a variety of techniques and biomaterials he guarantees the establishment of gum health. He has developed particular interest in periodontal aesthetic surgery for treatment of Gingival Recession. Petros is a member of the British Society of Periodontology.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, most commonly known as gum disease, is in simple terms inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth. Therefore, its main feature is gums characterised by red rather than pink color with tendency to bleed during brushing.

How is Periodontal Disease managed?

Prior to the actual apicectomy, you will be required to attend a consultation with the dentist, endodontist or oral surgeon who will perform your treatment. Throughout this consultation, you will learn about the procedure and exactly what it entails. It is often considered best to have the apicectomy under the hand of an experienced endodontist due to the increased and better use of endodontic microsurgery. During this meeting you will be questioned on your dental and medical history and it is vital that you tell the dentist everything.

How many types of Periodontal Disease are there?

There are two types of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Whereas the main feature of bleeding gums is present in both types, their main difference is that periodontitis involves loss of bone support around teeth. Teeth may, therefore, drift or become loose as a consequence of the disease process. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease and it may advance to periodontitis if left untreated.

What is the cause of Periodontal Disease?

Plaque accumulation on teeth is the main cause of periodontal disease. Plaque, containing remnants of food and saliva, forms an ideal biofilm for the development of bacteria which cause the gum inflammation and destroy the bone around teeth. Smoking and systemic diseases, such as diabetes, reduce our defensive capacity against the microbial challenge and therefore contribute in the progression of periodontal disease.

How can I prevent Periodontal Disease or how can I maintain oral health once Periodontal Disease has been treated?

Compliance with effective home oral care and with regular review and scaling visits with the hygienist or periodontist prevents relapse of treated Periodontal Disease.

Why is maintenance of gum health important?

There is no doubt that gum health is the main prerequisite for long term tooth preservation in the oral cavity. Additionally, any restorative, such as filling-crown-bridge-denture-implant, and orthodontic work needs to be performed on a healthy gum substrate. Otherwise, there is increased risk for deterioration of existing periodontal disease increasing the risk for tooth loss.

What is Gingival Recession and how can it be managed?

Gingival recession is movement of the gum margin resulting in exposure of the root surface of the tooth leading to increased sensitivity and aesthetic distress. It can be caused by aggressive tooth brushing as well as mal-positioning of a tooth. Gingival recession can be treated predictably and successfully with a variety of surgical techniques involving regenerative biomaterials and/or gum grafts. Incorporation of an atraumatic tooth brushing technique using a soft toothbrush is the key to success and prevention of further recession.

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The whole team are wonderful.

“I have been coming to Brighton Dental Clinic to see Dr Lynsey Crothers for a number of years. I have always found her to be calm, kind, patient, thorough and truthful. I recently had some restorative/cosmetic work and I am over the moon with it and people have commented on my teeth/smile. She is a perfectionist and very skilled - I can't believe the difference. I would 100% recommend. The whole team are wonderful.”

Rebecca Santos

25 January 2023

Amazing team, very professional!

“There are absolutely no words to describe how amazingly thankful I am to everyone at the Brighton Dental Clinic. Thank you, Dr Ilias and Dr Lynsey, for all the support and help I have received over the last few weeks. I definitely recommend the clinic.”

Mihaela Popa

16 August 2022

Simply The Best

“I have been attending this clinic since the 80's. I suffer (or did) from dentophobia. I'm more or less coming to the end of my treatment as I'm now everyone's 'gum chum' (big full denture smile) and it's given me cause to reflect on the treatment I've had over the decades mainly Feroz Jafferji in the early days and latterly Mick Fillery. Not only the dental treatment but for me the tailormade treatment considering my fear and also physical problems which all needed to be catered for before treatment even started. I felt soothed on a psychological level but a physical one too and the gentle reassuring and expert treatment then given has been second to none and if I had all my teeth again (my fault they all had to go over the years to the tooth fairy due to my neglect) I wouldn't hesitate in seeing Mick and if I knew then what I know now I would never have had a fear of going. Thanks too to all the nurses and receptionists always so helpful pleasant and kind. I guess when my treatment, for a probably final denture, is complete, I will leave with a designer smile of relief but a little cavity in my heart that can never be expertly filled.”

Shelley Phoenix

20 April 2022

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