What is periodontology?

    Periodontium is the name given to the complex system of hard and soft structures that support your teeth in your jaw. This system is made up of the tooth socket, the gums, root cementum and the periodontal ligament. Periodontology is the study of these oral structures. Periodontists have a specialist understanding of the science of your mouth, teeth, jaw and gums as a whole, as well as a thorough knowledge of the different kinds of diseases that can manifest, their symptoms and suitable treatments.

    Essentially, a periodontist is concerned with keeping your teeth in place, throughout your lifetime. At Walker & Associates Dental & Implant Clinic our periodontists are trained to help prevent, diagnose and treat periodontal diseases, as well as fit dental implants.

      Do I need to see a periodontist?

      Gum disease can be hard to spot, which is why it is important to visit your local Faringdon dentist for routine check ups. Your dental practitioner may refer you to a periodontist if they suspect any signs of gingivitis or periodontitis. If you have not seen a dentist for some time, and you think you may have gum disease, book an appointment to see your Walker & Associates Dental & Implant Clinic dentist straight away on 01367 240514.

      Gum disease is serious, affecting the whole of your mouth and ultimately the structure of your jaw. If left untreated can result in bone loss – undermining the foundations of your teeth. Bone and tissue keep your teeth in place, and lasting damage to these ultimately results in loss of teeth and unsightly gaps.

        You may have gum disease if:

        • Your gums bleed when you brush
        • Your teeth look or feel like they are moving 
        • Your gums are red or swollen
        • You suffer from persistent bad breath
        • Your teeth are looking longer (a sign that your gums are receding)
        • There are spaces developing between your teeth
        • You experience recurrent mouth infections or ulcers

            Can I get dental implants?

            If you have lost a tooth due to gum disease, from an accident or any other reason, you may want to consider a dental implant. This is an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jaw by your periodontist in order to anchor a bridge or an artificial tooth. If you feel that you would benefit from dental implants, speak to your Portman dentist. They can help and advise on the best course of action. You must ensure that you already have a good oral hygiene routine in place, and your Walker & Associates Dental & Implant Clinic dentist will examine your jaw to ascertain that there is enough bone to attach the implant to.

              Where can I find the most experienced periodontists?

              At Portman Dental Care we have some of the most highly acclaimed periodontists in the country, many of whom lecture internationally. Should you have any concerns over your gums, or think you may have symptoms of gum disease, you can relax in the knowledge that you can be treated in Faringdon by some of the most specialised clinicians in the field.


                Dental implants

                If you would like a fixed solution for one or more missing teeth, our Walker & Associates Dental & Implant Clinic dentists can help restore both your smile and your quality of life with dental implants.


                  Good dental health

                  To keep emergency visits to the dentist at a minimum, it is essential to stay on top of your dental care routine, be well-informed and maintain a good relationship with your Walker & Associates Dental & Implant Clinic dentist.

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