What we do

Auckland Perio is a specialist periodontal practice that specialises in all aspects of treatment of gum problems and in the surgical placement of titanium dental implants. This includes both non-surgical and surgical treatments.


What is periodontics?

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that involves the study and treatment of gum problems. There are several conditions that affect the gums that are treated by periodontists. Gingivitis is a condition where gums get inflamed although this can easily be treated and does not result in permanent damage to the gums. The main problem with gums that causes tooth loss, is periodontitis which is often called periodontal disease. This is a condition where dental plaque affects gums and causes loss of gum and surrounding bone. It can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. This can be successfully treated if it is not too advanced when treatment commences. Gum recession is another common condition treated by periodontists. We also treat orthodontic patients who require procedures done around the gums before or after orthodontic treatment.

Why is it important?

Periodontal treatment is necessary when various conditions affect the health of your gums and cause loss of both gum and the bone that supports your teeth. When your gums become unhealthy they can become red and swollen and the gum can recede. Your teeth can move when the periodontal disease becomes more advanced. You can suffer abscesses in your gums. If left untreated periodontal disease will lead to the loss of your teeth. This can spoil your smile, look unsightly and affect your eating. Periodontal disease can also affect your health. There is evidence that periodontal disease can put you at increased risk to other health problems including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. If diagnosed early and if treatment is commenced before periodontal disease becomes advanced, serious problems with your teeth and gums including tooth loss can be prevented.

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What are Dental implants?

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. They are now considered the best way to replace teeth in most situations. They are fixed in place and do not move. They are like artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, the natural bone bonds onto the implant. The implant become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns or bridges.

Like all procedures the planning of dental implant treatment is very important. Having an implant depends on there being enough bone for the implant. If there is not enough bone it is usually possible to build up some bone (bone graft) to allow you to have an implant.

Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. There is a lot of research showing how effective and safe they are. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth—and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally. Dental implants must be cared for like any other restoration in your mouth. You must clean them well and have regular dental care which should include regular scaling. When performed by a trained and experienced operator, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry.

For further information on periodontal disease and dental implants go to the American Academy of Periodontology or British Society of Periodontology.