Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Effective Periodontal Treatment
Periodontal disease is a serious concern throughout the United Kingdom, according to Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon. Tariq Drabu is the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice catering to private and NHS patients on a daily basis.
Tariq Drabu and his team provide effective periodontal treatments to patients with this severe bacterial gum disease. Periodontal disease forms pockets between the gum and the tooth which allows bacteria to get access to the supporting structures of the tooth. Over time, if periodontal disease is ignored, it could lead to tooth loss.
The focus of the periodontal treatment is to provide a gum treatment and treat the supporting structures of the tooth. This gum disease is preventable with a good oral heath routine at home which should comprise of brushing twice a day for a minimum of two minutes per brushing. Use a fluoride toothpaste and focus on each individual tooth, also brushing along the gum line. Floss should be used between the teeth to remove any plaque or debris.
Scale and Polish
The first treatment provided by Tariq Drabu and his team to patients presenting with periodontitis is a scale and polish. This professional cleaning removes plaque and tartar build up. Tartar is a hard but sticky substance that catches bacteria, helping them gain access to the tooth and eliminating the ability to remove them effectively.
The teeth will be scraped of any plaque and tartar and then professionally polished to leave them clean.
Root Surface Debridement
Root surface debridement is carried out under local anaesthetic due it requiring that the dentist cleans the gums and below the gum line. The dentist numbs the gum line and then effectively cleans the gums and under the gum line to remove the bacteria that is causing the gum disease.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection and in most instances any treatment provided by Tariq Drabu and his team will also require antibiotic treatment to stop the bacteria and to give the gums a chance to heal.
Tariq Drabu did mention that while the treatments are effective, long term oral health at home is important to reduce the risk of getting this gum disease again in the future. He also recommends that patients who have had periodontal disease never miss their routine dental appointments to ensure that their teeth and gums remain healthy moving forward.