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What is a Periodontist?

A Periodontist is a dentist who has taken a post graduate course and specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal [gum] disease. Because of the in-depth training, a Periodontist has diagnostic and treatment expertise to treat your gum disease together with your dentist and hygienist.

Why should you see a Periodontist?

If your dentist has diagnosed that you suffer from periodontal disease or there is a problem with your gums then you will require the extra help that a Periodontist can give.

Approximately 8 out of 10 adults have some kind of periodontal disease, of which periodontitis, also known as gum disease or pyorrhoea is the most common one. Periodontitis is often painless until the later stages, and therefore can remain undetected until it is too late to save the teeth affected. If left untreated, it can destroy the bone and tissues that surround and support the teeth, causing them to become loose and painful, and eventually be lost.

Your dentist may refer you to the Periodontist, if your gum disease has progressed to the point where teir help is needed. Your dentist may also refer you for reasons other than gum disease such as: replacing lost gum tissue (recession), crown lengthening procedures (to allow the dentist to successfully restore teeth or improve appearance).

Who is the Periodontist at The Loughton Dental Centre?

Eva Rodriguez is our practice Periodontist. Eva qualified with Honours from Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) in 1999. In 2001 she completed an MSc in Gerodontology. In 2002, she was granted a British Council Scholarship to continue her postgraduate studies in Periodontology at Guy’s Hospital (King’s College of London). This included three Masters Degrees, namely, Master in Science, Master in Clinical Dentistry and Master in Restorative Dentistry from the University of London and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh respectively. This is a highly regarded 4 year post graduate training programme. Her practice is exclusively dedicated to Periodontics providing periodontal treatment on referral in several practices in the East and South of England. In addition to specialist practice she continues to teach undergraduate students at Guy’s Hospital. She is a member of the British and Spanish Societies of Periodontology.

About your periodontal consultation

All treatments are carried out by Eva and may involve coordinating some parts of the treatment with your general dental practitioner.

During the consultation, which takes approximately one hour, Eva will carefully examine your gums and the tissues supporting your teeth. She will take radiographs if necessary. Following your consultation, Eva will explain to you every aspect of your gum problem including diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan (number of appointments required and estimate cost of the treatment).

How can my periodontist help me?

Periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. There are two types of advanced periodontal treatments: