8 GHP / 2020 Oral Health &Dentistry Awards , Nov20432 Words by the Al-FaPerio Clinic. Al-FaPerio Clinic: Best Specialist Periodontal Clinic 2020 – Essex For many years, the specialists at Al- FaPerio have been successfully treating patients suffering with periodontal disease. Better known as gum disease, if left untreated, the condition can cause serious consequences, including loss of teeth, bone decay and other implications to your overall general health. The good news is there have never been more treatment options for gum disease – and for the specialists at Al-FaPerio, periodontal laser therapy is the outstanding choice. From the Al-FaPerio clinic in London, Dr Al-Falaki, Dr Ali Daftari and Dr Federico Moreno Sancho offer this specialist treatment to patients new and old alike. Whether the gum disease is in its relatively early stages or it has become more advanced, periodontal laser therapy is used to help patients improve their oral health and prevent further problems in future. What is periodontal disease? A common problem among adults of all ages, periodontal disease is the decline in health of your gums. They can become red, sore and swollen, and one of the early signs of gum disease is bleeding when you brush. Over time, gums develop deep pockets between the bone structure and tissues, which can result in tooth loss. What causes periodontal disease? There are a number of reasons why gum disease may develop. Poor oral hygiene or brushing technique: If plaque is not cleaned away thoroughly, bacteria can build up and begin to irritate the gums. Smoking or poor diet: Sugar, acid and other unhealthy foods can all contribute to the development of gum disease, as can cigarettes and cigars. Chronic illnesses: In some cases, long-term illnesses and conditions can cause the gum health to decline. Stress: It is hard to avoid stress in our busy modern lives, but many people are surprised that this can also have an impact on your oral health and the development of gum disease. How to prevent gum disease Seeing your dentist regularly can make a big difference to your oral health and help to spot the early signs of gum disease. With a good hygiene routine at home, you can reduce the chances of any early problems developing into something more serious. If you do experience any soreness or bleeding, visit your dentist as soon as possible for advice and to assess whether further treatment is necessary. Why choose laser therapy? If gum disease has developed, your dentist can advise on the treatment options available to you. For patients at Al-FaPerio, periodontal laser treatment is a popular choice. Dr Al-Falaki says: “Laser treatment has a number of significant advantages compared to other options. “It is minimally invasive, and designed to be comfortable and pain-free, so the experience is much more pleasant for the patient. It is suitable for a wide range of cases, from the early stages of gum disease to more advanced conditions and can often be carried out in just a couple of appointments. “It is also a long-lasting solution, resulting in less gum recession after treatment, and it promotes bone and gum regeneration and growth, which helps to avoid future problems. “When overseen by an experienced and talented specialist, laser periodontal treatment can be highly effective.” Traditional periodontal treatments can leave the gums feeling sore and swollen for some time afterwards. Laser treatment, however, has very few after- effects, and the healing times are significantly faster. As a result, patients can get back to their normal routines much more quickly, including eating, drinking and smiling as usual. It can also be used in other ways, such as removing bone to enable crown lengthening without the need to raise flaps. Again, healing is faster, and there is less recession and no risk of scarring. Laser therapy can also be used for frenectomies – the treatment of folds of skin which are limiting the proper movement of the mouth. The most well-known of these sorts of treatments is for tongue-tie. Using a laser means there is no need for stitches, very little local anaesthetic, and minimal post-operative pain. In short, it is a much easier and less traumatic procedure for children than traditional methods. Expertise If you are considering laser therapy, it is important to choose a practitioner who is experienced and has the right expertise to offer your treatment safely and effectively. Dr Al-Falaki is recognised for her work in laser treatment: she is the UK ambassador and senior trainer for periodontal lasers. Having specialised in periodontal treatment for almost two decades, she is now the go- to expert for this innovative and effective technology. She is the founder of numerous laser gum techniques focusing on the conservation of bones and gums. To benefit even more patients than she is able to treat herself, she has trained thousands of clinicians, both in the UK and internationally, to offer a range of laser techniques. Treatment at Al-FaPerio While Dr Al-Falaki is the principal expert on laser periodontology, the Al-FaPerio Clinic has a breadth and depth of experience to enable it to help patients with all their needs. Supported by her experienced team, comprising of specialist periodontists, periodontal registrars and periodontal hygienists, Dr Al-Falaki believes in creating a strong, healthy oral foundation, delivering outstanding results for countless patients over many years. Whatever your dental needs and aspirations, the welcoming team at the Al-FaPerio Clinic would be delighted to discuss your options and help you to make the right choice. Contact us today on 020 8506 0701 or visit www.al-faperio.co.uk for more information.