Studies show that 10 to 15% of all patients are susceptible to gum disease or periodontitis. It is recommended that patients presenting with one or more of the following symptoms should have a full periodontal examination:
- Red, swollen and or bleeding gums
- Periodontal pockets over 4mm in depth
- Generalised recession
- Bone loss observed on radiographs
- Congenital or drug related gingival enlargement
Root planing is an effective gum disease treatment. It involves ‘deep’ scaling, to clean parts of your teeth below the gum line, which cannot be reached with a toothbrush. Root planing cleans out the pockets, and removes plaque and tartar from the tooth roots. After a tooth has been root planed, the pocket should shrink, making the gum sit closer to the tooth. This will also help to stop further bone loss.
Certain medical conditions are linked with gum disease including diabetes and heart disease, smoking exacerbates the problem.
Modern periodontal treatment also includes ‘plastic gum surgery’ to correct the gum line and reverse recession defects, cover exposed root surfaces and thicken thin gums! All of this is offered at The Hampton Wick Dental Centre.
One of our primary concerns is that you have a comfortable experience during treatment. Towards this end, we offer an extensive array of the latest techniques to minimize discomfort. Many of our patients come back stating they are amazed at how little discomfort they experienced.
Periodontal infection grows in "bursts of activity".This infection eats away at the bone that supports your teeth (leading to tooth loss). If not treated, there can be a number of consequences such as bleeding, discomfort, tooth mobility and tooth loss.
“Dr Brown gave me periodontal surgery to extend the life of a tooth which was close to dropping out. She answered all my questions beforehand and her team at the Hampton Wick Dental Centre took great care to make sure I was comfortable and pleasantly sedated for the work. During the surgical work, Dr Brown reassuringly explained what she was doing and the time seemed to fly by. There was very little pain during and after the surgery. I am glad to say I now have a well stabilised, ‘rescued’ tooth which should last me for many more years. Lama Brown is a true professional. I have had many dentists in my life and I am so glad to have finally found one whom I trust totally – simply because she treats her patients with gentle care, respect and consideration. She also clearly loves her work and her enthusiasm for her job is quite infectious. My teeth have never had such care and attention!”
“I was referred to the Hampton Wick Dental Centre for periodontal gum disease which Lama Brown treated and saved my teeth. I needed an implant for a missing tooth. Lama explained everything clearly to me and made feel comfortable. The treatment that I have received at Lama Brown’s practice has been excellent. I cannot praise her enough. I am an extremely nervous patient and now cannot believe how calm I am when visiting Hampton Wick Dental Practice. Her approach is professional and caring and I would never consider leaving her surgery. I highly recommend Lama’s dentistry and look forward to many years of excellent care. Thank you Lama you have saved my teeth and for that I am truly grateful.”
“The Hampton Wick Dental Centre and Lama Brown are the greatest teeth savers. My long time dentist had retired and upon registering with a new practice I was informed that I had the worst gum disease (through lack of treatment by the previous practice) and he strongly advised me to visit Lama Brown.Upon my first visit, I immediately knew I was in professional hands, she diagnosed Advanced Periodontitis and embarked on the treatment she recommended, it wasn’t pleasant, but she was gentle, supportive and reassuring at all times. Due to her work I thankfully still have all my teeth and now have healthy gums, and would have no reservations in recommending her and her practice to anyone who values their dental health.”