Periodontics specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is damage to the structures around the teeth, which include the gums, ligaments and bone. In the earliest stage of the disease — gingivitis — only the gums are affected. In more severe forms of the disease, the damage extends to both the gums and the bone.
Over 50 % of adults in the UK have some form of gum disease and often it goes unnoticed.
Not only can it give you bad breath (halitosis) and bleeding gums but if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and contribute to other underlying health issues.
At The Sandford, maintaining healthy teeth, mouth and gums is at the heart of what we do. Preventative dentistry is all about caring for your teeth and gums, ensuring they remain healthy, and routine inspections to check for and prevent mouth cancer.
Do you have any of the following symptoms?
Inflammation / Swelling
Tartar Build Up
The severity of your gum disease will be assessed by our Specialist through detailed measurements
The treatment will be tailored to your individual needs and carried out over several sessions to treat and stabilise the gum disease
After a period of healing our Specialist will review your progress and response to treatment
To ensure that the gum disease does not return, you will often be required to have regular hygiene visits
Often Gum Disease Is Not
Identified Until Symptoms Are Severe
Many people do not experience any symptoms until they have already started to lose some of the supportive structure around their teeth, therefore regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are very important in both the prevention and treatment of gum disease.
Some common signs of problems you should be aware of are bleeding from your gums after brushings your teeth (over a period of several weeks), bad breath, bright red or inflamed gums, soreness and loose teeth.
Two of the main causes of tooth loss are gum disease and tooth decay. At The Sandford our dental and hygiene experts work together with you, so we can treat any existing problems and help prevent them recurring in the future.
Our hygienists play a vital role in helping you keep safe against gum disease, which may include scaling and polishing them, in order to keep them free of plaque. Following any treatment, we will then put together a tailor-made maintenance plan for you to follow at home.
Stages of Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
Below you can see the transition from healthy gums to advanced gum disease. Red, swollen and bleeding gums are typically the first symptoms that you would notice, followed by loosening of the teeth during the advanced stages
Our Periodontal Specialist
Periodontal Specialist / Implant Surgeon
[GDC No. 74026]
BDS MSc FDS RCPS (Eng)
Craig qualified in dentistry at Kings College, London in 1990. He worked in the hospital environment and in general dental practice whilst gaining his PhD, which he received at Kings in 1995.
Craig worked as a lecturer in the Department of Periodontics at the Royal London Hospital, where he also supervised the masters course in periodontics. He gained his fellowship exams at the Royal college of Surgeons in 1999 and in that year gained his specialist status in periodontics.