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What Is Periodontitis

For a beautiful and healthy smile, not only the teeth but also their foundation is of utmost importance.

Periodontology is the speciality that deals with the supporting structures of the teeth, i.e. gums, root surface, jaw bone and the joint between teeth and bone.

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Advanced Gum Disease

Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) affects the supporting tissues of the teeth and may result in tooth loss. It is relatively common, affecting at least 1 in 10 adults. Unfortunately it is a “silent” disease and does not give enough signs and symptoms until it is too late.

It is caused by bacteria that form a biofilm on the surface of the teeth, especially in hard to reach areas. Some people are more susceptible than others, this is often genetic. Smoking makes you more susceptible to gum disease. Also, there is a potential link between gum disease and general health, for example heart disease or diabetes, but even other conditions such as chest infections and arthritis.

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The Role of The Specialist Periodontist

The role of the Specialist Periodontist is to assess the level of risk, diagnose and manage advanced gum disease with the ultimate goal to prevent tooth loss. Added benefits to you are a healthier and cleaner mouth, prevention of dental disease, e.g. caries (decay), and a fresher breath.

The treatment is mostly non-surgical, very occasionally there is an indication to do surgery and in all cases a maintenance phase follows to ensure stability.

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Smile enhancement after removal of soft tissue lump, case by Dr Stella Kourkouta.

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Root coverage of upper canine, case by Dr Stella Kourkouta

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Root coverage of lower central incisors, case by Dr Stella Kourkouta

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Gingival (gum) augmentation of a lower incisor, case by Dr Stella Kourkouta

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Root Coverage of lower canine, case by Dr Stella Kourkouta

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