Periodontics

Periodontics

What is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and the treatment of oral inflammation.

Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.

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What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a very common condition in which the gums and deeper periodontal structures become inflamed. This inflammation of the gums, which usually takes the form of redness, swelling and a tendency to bleed during tooth brushing, is the body’s response to certain bacteria that have been allowed to accumulate on the teeth.

Although part of the body’s defence system, this inflammatory response can eventually cause serious damage. If left unchecked the inflammation can spread down below the gums and along the roots of the teeth, causing destruction of the periodontal ligament and the supporting bone. This ultimately leads to the loosening and potential loss of the teeth.

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Email: info@southcoastdental.co.uk

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To speak to someone or to book an appointment:
Wimborne: 01202 889960
Dorchester: 01305 757570

What happens during a Periodontal consultation?

During the first visit, the periodontist usually reviews the patient’s complete medical and dental histories. It is extremely important for the periodontist to know if any medications are being taken or if the patient is being treated for any condition that can affect periodontal care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.

The periodontist examines the gums, checks to see if there is any gum line recession, assesses how the teeth fit together when biting, and checks the teeth to see if any are loose. The periodontist will also take a small measuring instrument called a probe and place it between the teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets; this helps the periodontist assess the health of the gums. X-rays may also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line.

How do I recognise Periodontitis?

Periodontitis always begins with inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis. This is not always easy to recognise but one of the first signs that you may become aware of is bleeding from the gums when you brush your teeth. The gums may look red and swollen and you might notice a discoloured layer of bacterial plaque on the teeth.

What can I do to prevent Periodontal disease?

Periodontal inflammation is not inevitable. The development of gingivitis and periodontitis can be prevented by adopting thorough oral hygiene habits, alongside regular professional examinations and support. We have two experienced hygienists working at both practices to ensure all our patients have access to great oral hygiene and to help prevent future dental problems.

Meet the dentist

Fernando Eriksson

BDS MClinDent (Periodontology)
Specialist Periodontist

Fernando graduated from the University of Granada, Spain in 2007. As part of his training, he spent one year at the University of Oslo, Norway. He then worked for three years as a general dentist in Gran Canaria, Spain, where he discovered his passion for Periodontics and Implant dentistry. This drove him to undertake a 3-year full-time Specialist Training in Periodontics at the world-renowned UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London. He later obtained Membership in Periodontics with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and was recognised as a Specialist in Periodontics by the General Dental Council.

Where to find us?

South Coast Dental Specialists have two practices located in Wimborne & Dorchester, Dorset. We see patients from all over the south of England from Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and of course Dorset.

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South Coast Implant & Cosmetic Dentist

Phone: 01202 889960
Email: info@southcoastdental.co.uk
Address: 11 Merley Park Rd, Broadstone, Wimborne BH21 3DA

Directions

We are located only 4 minutes away from Wimborne town center At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Oakley Hill/A349 Turn right onto Merley Park Rd your destination will be on the left.

If you are travelling by car we have ample car parking and disabled access.

If you are travelling by train the nearest train station to us is Poole (5 miles away). There are taxis at the station or use the buses. Taxis will cost approx. £10-£15. You can catch the free Poole flyer from the train station to the bus station, please leave an extra hour if you are doing this.

If you are travelling by bus please click here to view more information of how to get to us.

We are located only 24 minutes away from Bournemouth town center. Via Gravel Hill/A349.

We are located only 16 minutes away from Poole town center. Follow Holes Bay Rd/A350 and A349 to Merley Park Rd in Oakley.

We are located only 26 minutes away from Christchurch town center. Follow B3073, Ham Ln and A31 to Merley Park Rd in Oakley

We are located only 48 minutes away from Southampton town center. Take A3024 to Mountbatten Way/A33.

 

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South Coast Implant & Cosmetic Dentist and Dental Learning Centre

Phone: 01305 757570
Email: info@southcoastdental.co.uk
Address: Avenue House, S Walks Rd, Dorchester DT1 1DT

Directions

We are situated close to Dorchester town centre just off the B3144 in what was the large Conservative Club building.

If you are travelling by car we have ample car parking and disabled access.

If you are travelling by train there are two train stations in Dorchester – ‘Dorchester South’ which is only 0.2 miles away and ‘Dorchester West which is only 0.3 miles away.

If you are travelling by bus the closest bus stop is C1 on Trinity Street.

We are located only 16 minutes away from Weymouth town center. Follow A354, Weymouth Relief Rd and A354 to Weymouth Rd/B3147 in Dorchester.

We are located only 34 minutes away from Yeovil town center. Take Clarence St to Queensway/A30. Follow A360 to Salisbury Rd/A36 in Wilton

We are located only 1  hour and 39 minutes away from Wiltshire. Follow A360 to Salisbury Rd/A36 in Wilton.

We are located only 1  hour and 21 minutes away from Hampshire. Follow Bar End Rd/B3330 to A31.