Gum disease in simplified terms can be classified into two groups. The first is gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. This is a reversible condition and in most cases, can be managed by your dentist, often with the support of your hygienist.
The second is periodontitis, which affects the supporting tissues of the teeth. Periodontitis is the major cause of tooth loss in adults and can only get worse without appropriate treatment from a specialist.
Advanced gum disease is relatively common, although its severity varies among individuals. Unfortunately most people do not know they have periodontitis until it has reached an advanced stage and the supporting tissues around the teeth are seriously compromised.
Expert, specialist care
Advanced cases require expert care and specialist periodontists are able to offer procedures that are generally outside the scope and expertise of most dentists and hygienists.
If you have been referred to our specialist periodontist, Dr Styliani (Stella) Kourkouta, then your condition is serious and should not be ignored. Dr Kourkouta has many years’ experience and joined Crescent Lodge Dental Practice SW4 in 2008.
The role of the specialist periodontist is to assess the level of risk, diagnose, and manage cases of periodontitis, aiming to improve the health of the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth, stabilise advanced gum disease and prevent tooth loss. Added benefits, apart from a healthier and cleaner mouth, are prevention of dental decay, due to the improved level of oral hygiene, and fresher breath.
If you are worried that you might have gum disease, please don’t wait for it to get worse. Contact Crescent Lodge Dental Practice London today and book in for a hygiene appointment so we can keep your gums in tiptop shape.