What is periodontics?
Here at Meadowbank Dental, we yearn to bring out the best in each of our patients and give them the smiles they deserve. One of the most efficient and effective methods of achieving this, is through seeking out our expert in periodontics in Edinburgh. This is a specialised discipline of dental medicine which focuses on the health and well-being of your gums and the identification and eradication of periodontal disease. Our periodontists are well versed in addressing oral inflammation of all descriptions, as well as the placement of dental implants. The field of periodontics is a particularly specialised one, as it requires that dentists attend an additional three years of study at university before they can practice in periodontics. Those who seek out periodontics in Edinburgh from us here at Meadowbank Dental can rest assured they will receive a comprehensive service which will address any gum-related issues they may have.
What to expect from our periodontist in Edinburgh
Periodontal disease, or ‘gum disease’ as it is more commonly referred to, is the number one preventable cause of tooth loss in adults across the UK. During your preliminary visit, when seeking out periodontics in Edinburgh, our trained and approachable periodontist will question patients on their overall dental health and any pre-existing medical conditions they may have – which is important to know, prior to beginning any course of treatment. Thereafter they will generally conduct a thorough examination of your gums. This is done to establish the level of recession of your gums and identify any swelling or redness which may be onset indicators of gingivitis or periodontal disease. The periodontist will also assess how your teeth fit together, and establish if any of your teeth are loose. Also, during your first time seeking out periodontics in Edinburgh through us here at Meadowbank Dental, our expert periodontist will use a specialist tool known as a ‘probe’ which is a small measuring tool gauging the spaces between teeth – commonly referred to as ‘periodontal pockets’. X-rays and other tests may also be carried out to give our periodontist a better, more accurate view of your gums and how best they can help restore or maintain your oral health.
In addition to identifying and eradicating periodontal disease, another vital service which is carried out by our periodontists here at Meadowbank, is gum contouring. This is a form of cosmetic dentistry which is used to reshape and mould a patient’s gum and address the issues of those who possess a ‘gummy smile’. Often, patients who have gums which are misshapen or rest too high or unevenly on a patient’s teeth can find it negatively impacts their self-esteem and their ability to smile freely without embarrassment. Because of this many patients turn to the aid of our periodontist here at Meadowbank to reshape their gums and restore their ability to smile without care. The process of undertaking gum reshaping surgery is one which is carried out within our practice here at Meadowbank, and involves the use of specialised dental equipment and methodologies such as radiosurgery, scalpels and lasers to get rid of any excess gum tissue which may be covering up portions of the teeth and to provide patients with a more together and even looking smile.