Gum disease treatment

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Periodontics, is the specialist branch of dentistry involving the prevention of and treatment of diseases and conditions of the gum and bone surrounding and supporting teeth or dental implants. Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by a build-up of bacteria on the tooth, root or implant surface and leads to loss of the bone supporting teeth, causing them to become loose, move and eventually lost if left untreated. It is one of the most common causes of tooth loss in later life.

The vital thing about gum disease is that it is highly preventable and especially in the early stages, quite easily treatable. Many studies link oral health to a number of significant conditions and there is strong evidence of the links between heart disease, diabetes and gum disease.  Possible links with Alzheimer's disease, kidney disease, lung disease and rheumatoid arthritis are also currently being researched. More than 45% of adults in the UK are affected by gum disease which at its most mild level can affect quality of life and in susceptible individuals can have a significant impact on their general health. 

Message from Syed

Message from Syed

Specialist in Periodontics
GDC Registration Number 82787
BDS London, MFDS RCS (Eng), MClinDent, MPerio RCS (Ed)

I love and have great passion for helping my patients manage their oral health, working together with them to ensure they can keep their teeth for as long as possible. My clinical practice has been totally dedicated to periodontics since 2013 and I have developed a reputation for successfully managing gum disease through a very sympathetic and caring approach, patient education and using up to date evidence-based treatments complimented with the latest dental biomaterials. 

Gum disease is a serious and often subtle disease, which is the leading cause for tooth loss in adults. This loss can have a significant impact on an individual’s confidence and quality of life; a fact that I truly understand and am sadly accustomed to in my daily practice. A lot of the patients I see and treat have chronic gum disease that has not been able to be stabilised by routine treatment. I will teach you how to clean your teeth meticulously which along with my professional input can control the disease helping you to save your teeth for as long as possible.

Why see a specialist periodontist?

Specialist training provides training and experience in advanced techniques to treat gum disease that hasn't responded to routine treatment and includes various surgical procedures for patients with advanced disease, unsightly exposed tooth roots following gum recession or uneven gum levels. It also includes training in the placement, maintenance and repair of dental implants. 

In addition to their 5 year undergraduate training to become a dentist, a specialist periodontist has undertaken a minimum of 3 years training in various dental specialties followed by 3 years extra rigorous full-time training in periodontics. During their specialist training, they treat many patients, attend consultant led clinics, receive "on the job" training and mentoring from experienced specialists, study the evidence base for periodontal treatments and techniques as well as undertaking a Masters degree related to periodontics. At the end of their training, they present completed cases to examiners, treatment plan previously un-seen cases and are extensively questioned on their knowledge. Only when they have satisfied officially recognised examiners that they have the knowledge, understanding and competence are they awarded the Royal College of Surgeons accredited periodontic qualification (MPerio) to be able to call themselves a specialist periodontist. There are approximately 300 specialists in periodontics in the UK out of over 40,000 registered dentists.

Types of periodontal treatment I provide

I accept referrals for the following types of treatment:

  • Management of gum disease (Chronic and aggressive periodontal disease)
  • Building back gums and supporting tissue (Conventional and regenerative periodontal surgery)
  • Gum disease around implants (including bone loss)
  • Repairing recession defects
  • Thickening up of the gums prior to orthodontic treatment
  • Crown lengthening surgery – aesthetic and functional

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Finlay's patient talks about the effect his treatment has had on his quality of life

Specialist dental treatment can can make a profound improvement on a persons quality of life.

Tom's story of his orthodontic treatment with Rachel

Tom had an upper brace for nine months.

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To Finlay & the team, I would like to thank all at Garstang Dental Referral Practice for the care and consideration I have received over the past ten months during the period you have carried out the implant procedure which I hoped would transform my ‘smile’ without the need for a denture. Normally a visit to the dentist is a daunting experience, but I can honestly say that I have looked forward to each & every visit. The end result is ‘fantastic’ & I can understand why Finlay is so proud of his practice. I will recommend you, without reservation, to anyone I know who, in the future, requires specialist dental treatment.

I have worn dentures successfully for a great number of years, but naturally, as I have got older my gums have receded and my dentures became less comfortable. Also, equally bad, my mouth had collapsed, giving me a Mr Punch-like appearance! I needed help and, having discussed the best course of action with my regular dentist, he advised that I should see Finlay. From the outset of my treatment, I was immediately put at ease. Finlay knew exactly how I felt and has magically corrected my mouth and facial appearance with the help of his team Rowan and Clare. They are a brilliant, talented, caring trio. I now have a wonderful set of natural looking dentures. I smile with renewed confidence and my family tell me that I look ten years younger! A VERY BIG THANK YOU.

Finlay, Thank you very much for everything… you did a wonderful job.

Dear Finlay and Claire

Thank you for your support and kindness during my treatment.

You really show so much care and compassion for your patients.

My appointments were always so friendly and reassuring much more than I have ever experienced with many other dentists.

I was expecting a traumatic experience, but you have both made it totally a great journey.

Keep smiling

Sue B

Dec 2018

Sue

Many, many grateful 'thank you's for what you all have done for me. My teeth are fantastic and my confidence has risen. Your skills and patience are fantastic. Thank you once again, you have given me my smile back.

To Dr Finlay Sutton, Rowan and the gang

First, I was afraid, I was petrified, cue for a song here me thinks!

Yes, indeed I was frightened and have been all my life of the dreaded dentist, probably because of the bad experiences with the school dentist back in the day. However, I needn’t have been because I was referred to this practice in Garstang where I was greeted by the wonderful Karen and equally wonderful nurse Claire, who from day one made me feel important to them and made me feel relaxed.I then met Dr Finlay Sutton such a gentle and caring man and so professional. He told me that I needed to have all my teeth removed because of gum disease but I knew instantly that I was in safe hands.

It was an amazing experience and after lots of visits, I now have my smile back. My new teeth are wonderful, so natural looking and people compliment me on them all the time.

So, a very big thank you to Rowan, Dr Finlay Sutton and the team.

Dr Finlay – you are simply the best!

From hating the dentist, I have grown to love Garstang Dental Referral Practice. You have become my friends for life.

Thank you and kind regards

Nancy

June 2018

Nany V

Dear Finlay, Rowan, Claire, and the team

Many many thanks for my dentures, they are nothing short of “Technical wizardry”

I have been quite a challenge, but you have met each one with care and expertise, after years of ill fitting dentures and pain, I now have great fitting, natural looking top teeth, a few minor adjustments needed, but all will be well in the end.

Thanks again for the care and kindness shown to me throughout my treatment, I didn’t feel like I was visiting the dentist but like visiting friends.

“Keep changing lives”

Love and kind regards AB

May 2019

Dear Finlay, Rowan, Claire and the entire team

I have filled in the post treatment questionnaire and it looks like I have rushed through it ticking the mostly never questions. Actually, I have really thought about each question carefully and the reason for mostly never answers is because of the amazing professional treatment that I have received at your practice. My old denture was fine, but the new denture is so light and well-fitting and absolutely no problem at all.

Thank you and also thank you for helping me at every stage of the procedure. It has also been a pleasure for me and good to know that you have my best interest at heart.

I would like to add that I was so lucky to end up with Finlay and his team, I don’t think anywhere in the world, I would have had as good a treatment.

Hope all is going well at Weind House.

Best wishes to you all

Helen K

Feb 2019

Helen K

I would just like to say how great you have been with me, making me so relaxed and given what information I wanted as we went along. I’m much more confident in coming to the dentist.

Dear Finlay and Team

I am unable to thank you enough for the excellent work you and the team have done for me. I am more than happy with the results. I am only sorry I am unable to express myself better.

I feel more confident and can chew any food like I used to. Thanks so much.

Looking forward to my annual check up and seeing you all again.

March 2018

Bert

Thank you very much for your efforts to make my smile confident again!

To Finlay and all the team, Just wanted to say a big thank you for my new front tooth and the fantastic care I received. If I have any problems with my teeth in the future, I will definitely come back for your expertise. Thank you.

I just want to say I am very pleased with the denture you made for me, thank you! Your care throughout was excellent. Carry on with the good work.

A huge thank you to Finlay for applying his expertise down to the minutest detail in order to create for me the most fabulous, natural-looking, and superb-fitting dentures. Also to Rowan for his exquisite craftsmanship, thus creating these beautiful dentures. And to Clare for her professional part in the process and also for making me feel welcome and relaxed.

Dear Rachel and the team,

After years of feeling self-conscious when it came to my teeth, and a lifetime of not smiling a full smile, I decided to go ahead with searching for an orthodontic treatment. I decided to go to Rachel for my treatment after the wonderful orthodontic work my mother received from her. While feeling desperate to improve my teeth, I was also incredibly reluctant and worried about what the treatment would entail, how they would look throughout, and how long the treatment would take. All these concerns were halted by Rachel’s thorough consultations and the initial treatment plan I received from her before going ahead with the treatment.

My main concern before starting the treatment was how they would look throughout the whole process. I spoke these concerns through with Rachel during the first consultations and she helped to ease them all. She did this by discussing all of the different options available, such as tooth coloured fixed braces, and ensuring that the process would be as smooth as possible. The whole treatment has been an incredibly smooth and easy process, with Rachel talking me through and making me feel comfortable with every step.

Throughout the process, Rachel has worked alongside my own dentist and has kept him informed with each step of the treatment. While my work with Rachel is now complete, my own dentist will now be carrying on finishing my full treatment. The transitions between dentists has been incredibly smooth as they have both kept each other informed while ensuring I have complete understanding of what is taking place at each step.

I am so pleased that I went forward with my treatment, and it has been a very worthwhile investment which I will reap the rewards of throughout my lifetime.

I am so happy with the work that Rachel has done, and it has completely changed the way in which I view my teeth. It has changed my smile and has therefore improved my confidence overall.

For anyone thinking of any orthodontic treatment, I would highly recommend speaking to Rachel or another member of the team as they are all easy to talk to and incredibly helpful.

Every member of the Garstang Dental team that I have come into contact with has been a delight to meet, from the receptionists to the dental nurses, everyone is so lovely and makes you feel incredibly comfortable.

A massive thank you to Rachel and the team.

May 2019

Dear Finlay and Team

Thank you so much for achieving the near impossible and restoring my smile – which has restored my confidence and wellbeing.

The whole experience was exceptional, from the friendliness and care to the empathy you all showed to me.

I am so grateful.

Love to all.

Sylvia

Sylvia

Dear Finlay, I’d just like to thank you very much for the work you have done on my front tooth - I really have something to smile about now! Please thank all your colleagues, too. You all made me feel at ease.

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Situated in the centre of Garstang, Lancashire, our practice can be found at Weind House, Park Hill Road, Preston, PR3 1EL.

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