Treatments We Offer
Conservative Periodontal Treatment
Periodontal disease is a group of conditions that involves the destruction of the supporting structures around teeth (periodontal tissues) and to the eventual loss of teeth if allowed to progress. It is caused by bacteria found in dental plaque that forms a film on the surface of teeth which in some people elicits specific immune and inflammatory responses.
Conservative periodontal treatment is the most routinely performed periodontal treatment and involves the physical removal of dental plaque above and below the gum line around teeth (scaling and root surface debridement). It may also involve the adjunctive use of antimicrobial agents (eg. oral systemic antibiotics) and antiseptics. Oral hygiene instruction (instruction on correct techniques to brush teeth etc.) is also part of this form of treatment.
Surgical Periodontal Treatment
When conservative periodontal treatment has not provided that outcome that we are aiming for or in advanced cases where it will provide only minimal benefit, surgical forms of periodontal treatment can be an option. There are various forms of surgical periodontal treatment and they are performed depending on Patient factors and local factors that exist around the teeth to be treated. This treatment may involve the use of periodontal regenerative materials that are used to regrow periodontal tissues or bone grafting materials. It may involve the removal of infected tissues or re-contouring of bone around affected teeth.
Oral Plastics and pre-prosthetic periodontal procedures are specialised oral surgical procedures. They include treatment of gingival recession around teeth and implants, thickening of the gum around teeth to prevent recession or to allow for more comfortable cleaning and preparing the supporting structures of teeth to allow for placement of crowns or bridgework.
Dental Implant Surgery
Modern dental implants have revolutionised Dentistry. Dental implant therapy involves placement of titanium screw-like cylinders (called implant fixtures) that can support single crowns, fixed or removable bridges and full dentures. A Specialist Periodontist has been formally trained to provide the surgical phase of this treatment involving placement of implant fixtures and associated soft and hard tissue grafting. Specialist Periodontists are also trained to treat infections of the supporting tissues around implants. The final or restorative phase of this treatment is provided by your Dentist or Prosthodontist.
Where implant placement involves significant bone grafting or additional surgical procedures under general anaesthesia, we will suggest referral to an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.