Gum Treatment

Advanced Gum Treatment

by Dr Priya Karia, our highly trained gum dentist

Healthy gums are crucial for your smile, own confidence and general well-being. Some research has even studied the link between healthy gums and the positive impact on our overall general health. Gum disease, if not treated, can worsen over time and lead to tooth loss. 

Often gum disease can be stabilised by your general dentist or hygienist; however, in some cases where the disease has not responded well to treatment or is severe/ extensive, you may benefit from an onward referral to Priya, who has the knowledge and experience to stabilise advanced gum disease. In individual cases, you may need to see a specialist Periodontist which can be discussed and arranged by Dr Karia.

Saving Your Smile and Wallet: The Long-Term Benefits of Advanced Gum Treatment

Advanced gum treatment might initially seem like a significant investment, but it’s crucial to consider the long-term savings and health benefits. Untreated gum disease can lead to severe complications, including tooth loss, which can require costly restorative procedures such as implants or dentures.

Moreover, research has shown that gum disease can contribute to systemic health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. By investing in advanced gum treatment, you are not only preserving your oral health but potentially mitigating the high medical costs associated with these conditions down the line.

While the upfront cost of advanced gum treatment may seem steep, it’s an investment in your future health and well-being, potentially saving you substantial sums in the long run.

Dr Priya Karia, BDS (Lond) Dip.MJDF MCgDent MFGDP PgCert (Clinical Edu) FHEA

Priya has followed a rigorous two-year enhanced clinical skills program in Periodontology at the prestigious Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London. Working alongside leading periodontal specialists in the UK, Priya has gained the necessary knowledge and clinical skills to address problems such as bleeding gums, bad breath and loose teeth. Priya’s commitment to education and professional development is evident through her part-time teaching position at Guy’s Hospital, where she teaches periodontology to our next generation of dentists.  She has been treating patients on referral for gum disease here, at Dental Elements, for over six years.

Next step: To book your initial consultation with Priya Karia, call our reception team on 01372 897197

A comprehensive Periodontal exam with Dr Priya is inclusive of in-depth gum measurements of the ‘pocket’ depth, relevant radiographs, diagnosis and treatment plan. Detailed discussion based on your individual needs and aims of treatment. An opportunity to ask questions and clarify any concerns.

Following a diagnosis of periodontitis, bacteria and tartar build-up is removed from under the gum line through a technique known as root surface debridement. This takes place under local anaesthetic to ensure your comfort. These appointments will focus on tailored oral hygiene instruction, the mainstay of the success of treatment.  Alongside this, the aim of the treatment is to reduce the depth of periodontal ‘pockets’ and facilitate optimal home care.

Following  your treatment, you will be need to attend for a reassessment appointment which is crucial in being able to review the gum response to treatment and your home care routine which is imperative to the success of treatment.

Once the periodontal disease is deemed stable, you will need regular (usually 3 monthly appointments) with the hygienist to maintain improvements, as this also allows us to remove bacterial deposits regularly and plan treatment for any relapse early.

Annual reviews are essential for patients susceptible to periodontal disease to ensure stability and pick up and treat any relapse of the gum condition early.