Gum Treatment

Periodontal Dentist at Dental Elements

Dr Priya Karia is our ” Go To” dentist with anything relating to gum disease …It doesn’t matter what level of the disease you have – from bad breath, right through to a need for surgery – there’s no one more qualified in our practice than Priya to help.

Even if you are just a little concerned about bad breath – Priya is the ideal dentist to provide expert advice.

Why are healthy gums important?

Healthy teeth rely on healthy gums for support. Gum disease causes sensitivity, pain, bleeding gums, puffy gums, infection and eventually loss of teeth. More teeth are lost through gum disease than through tooth decay.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by plaque, a film of bacteria that forms on the surface of teeth on a daily basis. If plaque accumulates it becomes hard and forms calculus (tartar). The gums react to the build-up of bacteria and become red, swollen and inflamed, and the bone which holds the teeth starts to become eroded. If left untreated your teeth will become loose and may be lost.

What are the signs of gum disease?

  • Gums bleeding when you brush or eat hard foods.
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.
  • Gum recession (the teeth appear longer) with increased sensitivity to hot and cold
  • In the later stages of gum disease gaps may appear between your teeth, become loose and eventually be lost.

Priya Karia

Why do I need to see a dentist about this specific problem?

Your dentist will have recommended you to see Priya if they believe you have gum disease that requires treatment.

Priya has the expertise to provide treatment to help you keep your teeth for the long-term.

What does a consultation with Priya involve?

  • A discussion about your main concerns.
  • A thorough examination of your gums or implant site. This is not painful however you will be aware that detailed measurements are being taken.
  • Any necessary x-rays will be taken to complete the full examination.
  • Following the examination, you will discuss the findings with Priya who will tailor a treatment plan for your mouth and answer any questions.
  • You will receive a written report summarising the findings.

Priya will work with your regular Dental Elements Dentist to ensure you receive a holistic approach to your dental care.

Contact the reception team for your appointment.

Priya’s guide to Gum disease in Pregnancy 

The importance of oral health during pregnancy cannot be underestimated.  Scientific studies have shown connections between untreated gum disease during pregnancy can lead to pregnancy complications and uncomfortable bleeding gums.  So with that in mind we recommend that you take particular care, come to see regularly and can help you maintain good oral hygiene. If you are at all concerned it may be worth a referral to see me if you are noticing your gums are becoming red and puffy.

This video provides some excellent information on gum health and  considerations you may need to think about while pregnant