Periodontal therapy is a type of conservative or non-surgical treatment for gum disease. Its goal is to control and manage periodontal diseases without the need for surgery. Ultimately, it helps restore optimal gum health, which, in turn, helps keep tooth loss at bay.
1. Oral Hygiene Instruction and Guidance: In this phase, our specialist periodontist aims to significantly reduce oral bacteria and minimise gum inflammation. The Specialist will explain the root cause of periodontitis and provide clear instructions for maintaining optimal oral hygiene. Guidance on using various oral hygiene tools and techniques will be offered, emphasising the crucial role of consistent home oral care habits for a successful treatment outcome.
2. Professional Cleaning: All bacterial deposits, including plaque and calculus, will be mechanically removed from accessible tooth surfaces, followed by tooth polishing. Exposed roots will receive fluoride treatment. If needed, Dr. Laksh or our dental hygienist will address bacterial deposits and calculus on deeper root surfaces and within gum pockets. Patients with advanced periodontitis may require multiple appointments for thorough teeth cleaning.
3. Antibiotic Therapy: In certain cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to enhance the effectiveness of deep cleaning, especially for patients below the age of 36.
4. Reassessment: After 2-3 months, Dr. Laksh will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your gums to evaluate treatment progress. A periodontal probe will measure pocket depth, and bleeding will be noted. Deeper pockets may necessitate additional treatments, potentially including corrective surgical therapy.
5. Corrective Surgical Therapy: For advanced periodontitis cases where deeper gum pockets persist, surgery may be recommended to reduce pockets to 4mm or less. Inaccessible areas, resistant to brushing and flossing, may require this intervention. Regenerative periodontal therapy, involving proteins or bone-replacement grafts, may also be utilised. The gums are sutured to fit around the teeth, with removal scheduled one to two weeks post-surgery.
6. Aftercare - Supportive Periodontal Therapy: Long-term success depends on consistent home oral care and regular hygienist visits. Our specialists and hygienists will monitor your gums regularly to ensure inflammation is controlled. Follow-up check-ups are typically scheduled every three months. Adherence to daily oral hygiene advice and attendance at regular appointments are crucial for successful periodontal treatment. If you've delayed a visit, we urge you to schedule a check-up promptly, as ongoing support is essential once gum disease is present.
Dr Laksh Padala
Hi, I grew up in Preston and attended Longridge High School, from there I went to college and later qualified as a dentist from the University of Debrecen. I continue to develop and extensive additional post-graduate education portfolio whilst working in private practice.
I obtained my master’s degree in Periodontology, which involves the care and treatment of gum disease as well as the supporting tissues of teeth. This is an area I have built my special interest in and have completed many successful procedures. I am also committed to developing my skills in General dentistry and have trained in Aligner treatment as well as Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry.
Overall, my aims are to provide a professional, high-quality service in a relaxed and approachable environment. I have years of experience practicing general dentistry with a gentle and caring approach for those who are more nervous and apprehensive.
I find treating nervous patients particularly rewarding and try to work with my patients to achieve their goals at their pace.
The range of treatments that I offer are: