Category: Periodontitis

Great gums

At Ikon Dental Suite, we believe prevention is better than cure, which is why we put a big emphasis on education. We educate our patients on how to take excellent care of their teeth and gums and we educate ourselves so we can provide the best possible service.

Dental disease is preventable and teeth for life is not an outlandish goal. Our periodontist in Ealing is a great resource for helping you to keep your natural smile until the end of your days.

Periodontist in EalingWhat does a periodontist in Ealing do?

A periodontist is a dentist who focuses on the tissues surrounding the teeth. This includes the periodontal ligament that connects the tooth to the jawbone, and the gums. We all know that we need to clean our teeth, but the gums sometimes get forgotten and it’s just as vital to maintain them. Our periodontist in Ealing can offer advice and information on gum care.

Keeping the gums healthy

The reason why gum care is so important when it comes to preventing tooth loss is that advanced gum disease is one of the main causes. Mild gum disease, or gingivitis, often manifests as bleeding gums when brushing the teeth. Most adults will have this level of gum disease at some point in their life and it is easily treatable. With a check-up from the periodontist in Ealing and a bit more care brushing and flossing, it will likely be resolved.

Don’t be tempted to leave it and ignore these early signs. Left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a more advanced form of the disease. This can cause the periodontal ligament to become loose, and eventually lead to tooth loss.

All of which would be a real shame, because it doesn’t have to be this way. With regular check-ups and cleaning, the gums can be kept in tip-top condition. It isn’t enough just to brush at home, however. While gum disease sometimes shows itself in the early stages, this isn’t always the case, and you can only be sure of a clean bill of health after the sign off from a periodontist in Ealing.

Don’t leave your gum health to chance, see our periodontist in Ealing today.

Keeping the gums disease-free

We don’t want you to see our periodontist in Ealing. Honestly, we would rather you didn’t have to call on the services of our clinical director, Dr Manish Bose. Manish is a highly experienced and skilled periodontist in Ealing, having completed a 3-year programme in periodontology at University College London. He’s been a dentist for more than 20 years, so he’s seen his share of gums in that time.

Periodontist in EalingBut we really would rather you didn’t have to call on his expertise. This is because gum disease is preventable, and if we had our way, none of our patients would succumb to it.

What is a periodontist?

Let’s go back a step and explain what a periodontist in Ealing does. A periodontist focuses on the treatment Fn the supporting structures of the teeth. This includes the gums and the periodontal ligament that attaches the tooth to the jawbone.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is very common, and most adults will have it at some point in their lives. In its early stages, it’s not a problem. You may have seen a little blood come out when you brush your teeth – this could be a sign of mild gum disease. With a little extra care in cleaning your teeth, this can be resolved. If it carries on for a while, you should consult your periodontist in Ealing.

If this is left untreated, it can progress to advanced gum disease. This affects the periodontal ligament and loosens the tooth.

But this can be avoided with a great oral hygiene routine. This is why we impress on our patients the importance of coming in for their regular 6-monthly check-up. This way we can spot the early signs of gum disease and treat it before it becomes a problem. We can also remove the build-up of plaque and tartar that eventually causes disease and decay. Don’t feel bad for this: only professional dental equipment can remove this hardened substance.

You can do your bit by brushing and flossing twice a day and eating a diet that is low in refined sugar. With all this in place, you may never need to see our periodontist in Ealing.

Why choose a periodontist in Ealing for dental implants?

Periodontists are dentists whose work focuses on all things that affect the gum tissue, including the planning and placement of dental implants. If you wish to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you need a periodontist rather than a general dentist.

Periodontist in EalingAt Ikon Dental Suite, we are passionate about dental implants and we have placed many successfully over the years. Our periodontist in Ealing has the ability and expertise to handle all types of implant problems – from single missing teeth to more complicated tooth loss issues. To ensure the highest standard of care, we use the latest techniques and technology in implant dentistry.

A periodontist in Ealing has extensive training in dental implants

For any dentist to become a periodontist, they need to receive an additional three years of training once they finish the dental degree. This training focuses on the planning, management and operation of dental implants. Periodontists are also trained to perform oral surgery on a regular basis. Not only are they capable of evaluating the condition of the gum and the surrounding bone tissue, but they are also knowledgeable of the procedures required for placing dental implants. Moreover, at Ikon Dental Suite, we do not remove teeth unless it’s absolutely necessary. Your periodontist in Ealing can easily tell if a tooth can be saved after examining your mouth.

Reduced risk of implant failure

While dental implants are very successful in restoring missing teeth and implant advancements have decreased failure rates considerably in recent years, there is always the possibility of something going wrong. However, our periodontist in Ealing has the training, knowledge and experience to avoid problems that could lead to implant failure. Even if something comes up during or after surgery, chances are that we can deal with it effectively.

Faster healing

We firmly believe that with greater knowledge and experience comes greater speed and competence. At Ikon Dental Suite, we use technology to pre-plan dental implants and avoid unnecessary procedures during the surgery. This means that we know where to place the dental implants in advance, further reducing any trauma to the neighbouring tissues.

To learn more about our implant services, please get in touch.

Not sure when to see a periodontist in Ealing?

A periodontist is a dentist with advanced education who specialises in the gums. More specifically, periodontists prevent and treat gum disease and other issues affecting the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Periodontists also provide tailored implant solutions to patients with a few or many missing teeth.

Periodontist in EalingAt Ikon Dental Suite, our periodontist in Ealing has advanced training and can diagnose and treat all the disorders, infections and diseases of the gums, the most common of them being gum disease.

Learn more about gum disease

Even if your smile looks healthy and beautiful, you cannot know what happens inside your mouth without the expert knowledge of the periodontist in Ealing. Gum disease is a general term that describes many infections of the mouth which are related to the periodontic ligaments – in simple words, the tissues that hold your teeth in place. In general, gum disease shows no symptoms during its early stage. However, if you have bleeding, puffed, sensitive, red or inflamed gums or a bad taste in your mouth, it is time to book an appointment with the periodontist in Ealing. If you leave this condition untreated it can cause more serious problems such as abscesses, loose or moving teeth, and ultimately tooth loss.

Dental implants

Periodontists are also through trained in dental implants and know how and where to place them in the jawbone for maximum impact. Moreover, they have the expertise and experience to place dental implants by taking into consideration functional, restorative and aesthetic parameters. Finally, a periodontist also knows which treatments may be essential before, during and after implant placement to maximise implant retention and prevent infection.

When should I see the periodontist?

If you have one of the symptoms below, it’s time to book an appointment with your periodontist in Ealing:

  • short-term or chronic gum disease
  • jaw problems
  • tooth loss
  • peri-implantitis
  • abscesses or other conditions affecting your jawbone.

To learn more about our treatments for gum disease or the dental implant options we offer in Ealing and to schedule a consultation with our periodontist, please call us today and we will be happy to help.

Happy gums for healthy smiles

Periodontist, it’s a bit of a mouthful but it’s a word worth knowing.  Roughly translated from its Latin origins, periodontist means around the tooth. Your periodontist in Ealing therefore deals with the tissues around your tooth, namely your gums and other structures that support your teeth. It’s these tissues that enable your teeth to do their job, chewing, chomping, gnawing and biting their way through every meal and snack you eat. With such an important role to play, it is therefore no wonder that a whole branch of dentistry is dedicated to taking care of these tissues.

Periodontist in EalingAt Ikon Dental Suite, our periodontist in Ealing is here to make sure your teeth get all the support they need by keeping your gums in tip top shape. This means facing off against the periodontist’s arch enemy: gum disease.

The lowdown on gum disease

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that live in your mouth. They are usually harmless but when they build-up after feasting on all the sugars in your food they release acids. It is these acids that cause trouble, eroding the enamel of your teeth and inflaming your gums.

Sore, swollen, red or bleeding gums are all signs of gum disease. Early stage gum disease is known as gingivitis, while more advanced gum disease is called periodontitis. Our periodontist in Ealing can treat both, but, of course, resolving periodontitis involves more work. It is well worth taking the time to do this however, as without treatment the result is tooth loss.

Effective treatment

Treating gingivitis can be as simple as removing the offending bacteria and adopting a more rigorous oral hygiene routine. Periodontitis also involves removing the harmful bacteria, but by this point in the disease the gums will have pulled away from the teeth and will need help re-attaching. Abnormalities in the structure of the surrounding tissues and bone may make this difficult, which is when your periodontist in Ealing will use surgical techniques to help your gums along. Sometimes you will also need to have a course of antibiotics.

Back on track, you’ll then be able to work with your periodontist to keep gum disease at bay.

Seeing a periodontist in Ealing for dental implants

Dental implants are an easy, effective and durable way to replace missing or badly decayed teeth. They are even ideal for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth and wish to restore their oral function to the fullest. Dental implants are as durable as natural teeth, since they allow patients to chew and bite without the fear of damaging their teeth, gums or jawbone.

Periodontist in EalingIf you have decided to have dental implants, then it is time to schedule an appointment with a periodontist in Ealing. Our helpful, experienced and well-trained periodontists at Ikon Dental Suite have expertise beyond that of a traditional dentist and can deal with simple or complex issues related to the health of your teeth, gums and jawbone. We firmly believe that the periodontist in Ealing is better placed in providing dental implants compared to other dentists who may be performing this process infrequently.

Are you ready to begin?

When you are ready to proceed, the first step is to book a consultation appointment with our periodontist in Ealing. During this stage, we will examine your teeth carefully, take x-rays and digital pictures if needed and even conduct further tests to ensure that there is enough jawbone to support the placement of dental implants. Our periodontist in Ealing will make you feel relaxed and this is the right time to ask any questions you may have.

Plan ahead

Once the results of your consultation appointment are ready, your periodontist in Ealing will discuss them with you and they will devise a treatment plan customised to your dental needs. It is really important to plan ahead and avoid any impromptu situations. You should take a day off from work on the day of the surgery and depending on the severity of your situation and the number of dental implants that need to be stabilised on your jawbone, you may wish to consider taking a few extra days off. During that time, you will need to follow very specific instructions from your periodontist in order to ensure that your dental implants heal properly. Once your dental implants heal, we will attach your new teeth on top of them.

How a periodontist in Ealing can help you

A periodontist is a dentist who is interested in the gums, the surrounding tissues that support them and the different conditions that affect them. As well as focusing on prevention, periodontics can also treat gum disease, place dental implants and deal with inflammation.

At Ikon Dental Suite, our periodontist in Ealing can restore the appearance and health of your infected, badly decayed or missing teeth. We provide a wide range of treatments ranging from deep cleanings and root scaling to dental implants.

Periodontist in EalingWhat are the benefits of seeing a periodontist in Ealing?

Though most patients will visit a regular dentist for prevention and routine dental work, certain patients require extra care and attention to detail. People who suffer from chronic inflammation and are susceptible to gum disease, should see our periodontist in Ealing. Not only do we specialise in gum care, but we can also help you prevent tooth and gum loss.

Gum care is important

Brushing and flossing daily will help most people keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy for longer. However, only a dentist can maintain teeth and gums free from plaque. If bacteria have created deep pockets inbetween your gums, your periodontist in Ealing will provide deep cleaning in the form of scaling and root planning. This procedure, which is completed in two or more stages, will ensure that plaque and bacteria will be removed from inbetween your teeth and that the health of your gums will be restored. Root planning, in particular, will smooth the roots for your teeth so that gum tissue can reattach without problems.

Nobody can do dental implants better than a periodontist

Periodontists also specialise in the placement, care and maintenance of dental implants. Their deep, anatomical understanding of the teeth, the gums, and the jaw, help them create a personalised treatment plan for each patient. Periodontists can also determine whether dental implants are necessary. Our periodontist will examine your teeth carefully and determine whether they should be replaced with dental implants or saved. In some cases, bridges or dentures may be a better alternative to dental implants (i.e. because of extensive tooth loss).

What is a periodontist?

In dental practice, as in medicine, there are general dentists and those who focus on particular fields of dentistry. A periodontist focuses on taking care of the gums.

Gum disease is extremely common, and most adults will experience it at some point in their life. For many, it shows up in a mild form. If you’ve seen blood after you’ve brushed your teeth, chances are, you had a mild form of gum disease. Careful brushing and a good clean at the dentist are often enough to resolve this.

Periodontist in EalingIf the disease progresses into a more serious form, then you might need the services of a periodontist in Ealing. This is when the gums start to become detached from the teeth, putting the teeth at risk of falling out or becoming so damaged that they need to be removed.

At Ikon Dental Suite, our periodontist in Ealing is passionate about prevention, and helping our patients to resolve issues with their gums before they get to the tooth loss stage. Fortunately, gum disease is preventable, and by keeping up with a great oral hygiene routine, you minimise your risk of tooth failure.

Here are our top tips for keeping your gums in excellent condition:

  1. Brush twice a day. We all have this imprinted into us from early childhood, but it’s worth repeating. A soft-bristled brush is best, so you don’t cause any unnecessary damage to the gums;
  2. Clean in between. Use floss or interdental brushes to remove food that gets stuck in the gaps between teeth. These gaps are ideal breeding grounds for plaque and bacteria, so it’s vital to keep them clean;
  3. Eat healthily. Again, we’ve all received this message many times in childhood for a number of reasons, but for your teeth, it really is key. A diet low in processed sugars will slow the growth of disease-causing bacteria;
  4. See your periodontist in Ealing. We know it’s probably not your favourite task to have your teeth cleaned, but it is necessary. Only dental equipment can remove the hardened plaque and tartar that cause gum disease. And, our periodontist in Ealing can also spot the early signs of gum disease, which only a professional eye can see.

We’re all gums about gums

What puts a smile on your face? A good night out with friends? Binge-watching your favourite TV show at home? At Ikon Dental Suite, ensuring our patients have healthy gums is what makes us smile. Often overlooked, your gums are essential to keeping your teeth secure and strong enough to handle all that chewing, eating, talking and laughing you do all day. Our periodontist in Ealing has spent years learning all about how best to take care of your gums, keeping them free from disease, so you can keep on smiling.

Periodontist in EalingSo why would you ever need to visit our periodontist in Ealing?

Gum disease is more prevalent than you think

Most adults in the UK have gum disease, according to the NHS. You may have mild gum disease right now and just not know it. It is likely that at some point you will experience early stage gum disease, known as gingivitis. If untreated this can lead to more severe gum disease, known as periodontitis.

Gingivitis can make eating uncomfortable

Signs of gingivitis include red, sore and/or swollen gums. This is because they are inflamed. That inflammation comes from acids released by bacteria that live in your mouth. Daily brushing and flossing, on top of regular cleanings at the dentist, are usually enough to keep these bacteria in check. High sugar diets, a less than diligent oral hygiene routine or missing your regular dental check-ups, provide opportunities for these bacteria to thrive. When they do, gum disease ensues and that can make enjoying a meal increasingly hard as your gums become sensitive.

Periodontitis can cause you to lose teeth

When gingivitis goes unchecked, bacteria can start attacking not just your gums but the ligaments that support your teeth too. Pockets will start to form between your gums and teeth, causing your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. And tooth loss brings a whole host of other problems, from difficulty eating and speaking to changes in your facial structure.

So, if you want to keep your teeth firmly in place and continue to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and all those snacks in between, then you’ll be in need of our periodontist in Ealing.