At Smile Solutions, periodontists work in conjunction with dental hygienists and dentists to diagnose and treat more significant or problematic cases of severe gum disease (periodontal disease), or patients with a complex medical history. An easy way to think of them is as the Smile Solutions gum experts.
Who should see a periodontist?
Most patients’ periodontal needs are managed by their dental hygienist and dentist. However, if a patient is exhibiting signs of periodontal disease during a regular check-up, their practitioner may make a referral to see a Smile Solutions periodontal specialist.
Patients may also be referred if they suffer from a chronic disease, are taking medication, or if they are being treated for a condition that can affect periodontal care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.
What can I expect during a visit to the periodontist?
Every patient receives care that is unique to his or her situation. Your Smile Solutions periodontist will examine your gums, check to see if there is any gum line recession, assess how your teeth fit together when biting, and check to see if you have any loose teeth. The periodontist will take a small measuring instrument called a probe and place it between your teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces (called periodontal pockets). All this helps the periodontist assess the health of your gums. X-rays might also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line.
Smile Solutions periodontists offer a range of treatments based on the presentation and severity of the gum disease being treated. These might include scaling, root plaining (where the infected surface of the root of the tooth is cleaned) or root surface debridement (where damaged tissue is removed). Patients may also be treated with surgery if gum disease is deemed severe.
The most important thing to remember…
…is that Smile Solutions periodontists receive extensive training, including three additional years of a masters degree after complting a dental degree, as well as being members of professional organisations to keep up-to-date with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. Smile Solutions periodontists are here to help you take the best care of your gums, because without healthy gums our teeth have nothing to hold them in place.
How do I see a Smile Solutions Periodontist?
As the Smile Solutions team is a large and diverse one, organizing a referral to a periodontist is easy. You do not need a referral. Simply call the friendly team at Smile Solutions reception. They will arrange an appointment for you to see Dr James van den Berg or Dr Rory Nolan.