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What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is the area of dentistry that deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the gum and bone tissue around your teeth which helps to prevent gum disease and stops you losing teeth.

At Dentalcare Hook, we have highly qualified dentists who specialise in periodontics.

What can be treated?

Our periodontists devote a lot of their time to treating and preventing gum disease. If you are showing signs of advanced gum disease you will be referred to a periodontist for treatment. Healthy gums have a proven link to your general health for conditions such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s, so taking care of your gums really is important.

A periodontist at Dentalcare Hook will treat:


This is the earliest stage of gum disease and occurs when plaque builds up around your teeth. When it isn’t treated, your gums can become inflamed and painful which is gingivitis. The swelling will ease with proper care and brushing.


Gingivitis can develop into periodontitis if left untreated. This is where the gums begin to pull away from the tooth leaving pockets which contain bacteria that can become inflamed and infected. The tooth can eventually be lost if gum disease is not treated.

Periodontists are also experts in replacing missing teeth. They can help with dental implants, gum graft surgery and other plastic surgery procedures.


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Periodontal treatment

Periodontists give you a thorough mouth examination and this may include X-rays. Your teeth and gums will be given a thorough clean to prevent further infection. You will be given a treatment plan to help improve the condition of your gums, and you may be given information on how to improve your oral hygiene and routine.

The benefits of visiting a periodontist

The benefits of visiting a periodontist at Dentalcare Hook is mostly preventative:

  • You can prevent tooth decay and tooth loss. By treating any issues with gums early, it can mean further prevention to the erosion of your teeth and gums in the future
  • Prevent bone loss
  • Improve your smile. Neglecting teeth and gums so that they become unattractive can affect your confidence

Frequently asked questions 

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is the professional term for gum disease. It can start with an infection and lead to serious problems with your gums resulting in tooth removal

What factors can increase the chances of gum disease?

Mostly periodontitis is caused by poor dental hygiene. The build-up of plaque leads to damage to the gums. Other factors which can contribute to gum disease include smoking, genetics, high levels of stress, heart disease, diabetes and having had a stroke.

What are the symptoms of periodontitis?

Gum disease is notoriously hard to treat with little or no symptoms. Early symptoms can include bleeding whilst brushing, redness and swelling of the gums. You may experience bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth and you may notice receding gums.

Do many people suffer with periodontal disease?

Yes, almost half the population has periodontitis in some form with about 10% experiencing the most severe form which causes tooth loss.