Periodontics (gum specialist)

Periodontal disease affects the gums, bone and other supporting tissues of the teeth

Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Periodontitis (gum disease) causes damage to structures around the teeth, which include the gums and bone. 

In the earliest stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, the infection affects the gums. In more severe forms of the disease, all of the tissues are involved resulting in the loss of the bone and gum supporting the teeth.

In recent years, gum disease has been linked to a number of other health problems including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Meet Viren, our Specialist Periodontist in training

Dr Viren Vithlani

Alongside his private practice, Viren has worked as a specialty dentist and honorary research fellow at the prestigious Birmingham Dental Hospital managing patients with gum problems, teaching undergraduate dental students and treating patients on a referral basis. His involvement in research has been published internationally. 

In addition, Viren has since embarked on a fully accredited specialist training programme and currently works at Guy’s Hospital in London training. His has a special interest in treating nervous patients with advanced gum disease, cosmetic root coverage for gum recession and regenerative periodontics.

Viren is passionate Periodontics and with his experience in cosmetic and restorative dentistry he is able to use advanced technology and skills to provide only the very best for his patients. 

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque, the sticky substance that forms on your teeth a couple of hours after you have brushed. If oral hygiene slips or dental visits become irregular, plaque builds up on the teeth and it forms a harder substance known as calculus. Eventually it can spread below the gum line. 

In susceptible individuals, this leads to swollen, bleeding gums, signs of gingivitis (the earliest stage of periodontal disease) and as the gums before more swollen they detach from the tooth forming a ‘pocket’ encouraging further plaque accumulation. This may result loosening of the teeth, a sign of severe periodontitis (the advanced stage of disease). 

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Periodontal Disease Treatment

During your first visit, Dr Vithlani will:

  • Review your general health, medical history and lifestyle
  • Complete a full mouth assessment and a comprehensive gum examination (to determine the depth of the pockets) and to see if any teeth are loose
  • X-rays may be taken as necessary
  • He will produce a report of findings and discuss these with you and your referring dentist
  • Offer and discuss treatment options including costs

Periodontal Fees

Gum Treatment Price
Non surgical treatment £320 per hour
Surgical gum treatment from £450
Gum treatment review £85

Periodontal reviews

Nita Videra
Periodontics patient
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Dr. Viren Vithlani is a great doctor who listens to the patient and takes care of him/her with great attention. Very pleasant indeed!
Irene Williams
Periodontal patient
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Throughout my treatment, Viren's gentle and genuine care has been second to none. I have never felt rushed or uncomfortable to ask questions or to discuss my treatment. Irene Williams

Risks and Prevention

Although bacterial plaque buildup is the main cause of periodontal disease, several other factors, including other diseases, medications and oral habits, also can contribute. These are factors that can increase your risk of gum disease or make it worse once the infection has set in.

Genetics

Having a genetic susceptibility, however, doesn't mean gum disease is inevitable. Even people who are highly prone to periodontal disease because of their genetic make-up can prevent or control the disease with good oral care.

Smoking and tobacco use

Smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease and the longer, and more one smokes, the higher the risk. Smoking restricts the blood flow to the gums and soft tissues in the mouth which can affect the body’s immune response to the bacteria and healing. Quitting smoking can play a major role in bringing periodontal disease under control.

Misaligned or crowded teeth, braces or bridgework

Anything that makes it more difficult to brush or floss your teeth

Grinding, or clenching of the teeth

These habits won't cause periodontal disease, but they can lead to more severe disease if inflammation is already present.

Medications

medications may cause the gums to enlarge, which in turn makes them more likely to trap plaque.

Diseases

Certain diseases increase susceptibility to periodontal diseases for example uncontrolled diabetes.

Stress

Poor nutrition

At K3 Dental we are able to a range of periodontal treatments including:

  • Active treatment of gum disease, both surgical and non surgical
  • Corrective surgical procedures and regenerative techniques including grafting of gums and bone
  • Management and correction of gum disease around implants
  • Assessment of suitability for implants in periodontal patients
  • Cosmetic surgical gum procedures.

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