Periodontal therapy involves the treatment of bleeding gums or loose teeth as a result of gum disease.
Manoj Tank is our Specialist periodontist with extensive experience in the surgical and non-surgical management of gum (periodontal) disease and issues relating to the gum and stability of teeth.
Manoj is skilled in treating and controlling gum disease, stabilising loose teeth, regenerating lost bone, gum grafting, treating gum recession and managing periodontitis. Because of Manoj’s specialist knowledge and experience, your dentist may refer you to us for periodontal treatment.
Gum (periodontal) disease is a serious bacterial infection that destroys the attachment fibres and supporting bone that hold your teeth firmly in place. Left untreated it can affect the stability of your teeth and even result in tooth loss.
Periodontal disease is usually pain free; you may not know you have it until diagnosed by your dentist or dental hygienist, which is why regular check-ups are important.
Early signs to look out for include: bleeding gums; red, swollen gums; gum discomfort; spaces appearing between your teeth; loose teeth; receding gums; persistent bad breath; teeth sensitivity.
The early stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis, which can be prevented or reversed by cleaning your teeth well at home and having regular dental check-ups and hygiene appointments. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease that can spread to the underlying tissue and bone, causing teeth to become unstable or even fall out.
Periodontal consultation and treatment
At your first periodontal consultation, Manoj will make a thorough assessment of your teeth and gums and review your medical history. He will assess for signs of periodontal disease, determine any gum problems or issues with unstable teeth.
He will work with your dental hygienist to show you how to look after your teeth and gums, and use specialist techniques to eliminate any infection around the teeth and under the gums. In advanced cases, surgical treatment may be needed to access deeper infection, and special advanced regenerative techniques may be used to grow back lost bone. Delicate plastic surgery techniques can be used for gum recession or overgrowth issues.
The aim of periodontal treatment is to promote repair and healing of the gums and bone and help minimise the progression and recurrence of the disease. This can be achieved working in partnership with you, your dentist and dental hygienist to maintain and stabilise this condition.