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Periodontics - Dental Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors


Periodontics is also called periodontology and is the study of the tissues that support the teeth, such as the gums, the alveolar bone, the periodontal ligaments and the cementum of the mouth. Sometimes a tooth problem is not with the teeth but is with the supporting structures of the teeth in the mouth. A periodontist with special training can treat these problems.

Periodontic Dental Negligence Solicitors

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors are all members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of clinical negligence experts and deal with periodontic dental negligence claims using the no win no fee* scheme. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. You will not be asked to fund or finance the periodontic dental negligence claim as it proceeds. For children or those on a low income it may also be possible to obtain Legal Aid which always concentrates dental negligence insurers minds on settlement. To talk to a specialist lawyer about a dentist or a dental problem just use the helpline, complete the contact form or email us and we'll arrange a call-back at a convenient time.

Bacteria & Infection

Most periodontal disease comes from specific bacteria that form plaque or biofilm on the base of the teeth. Inflammation sets in and the surrounding tissue becomes inflamed and infected. If the tissue is infected long enough, there can be damage to alveolar bone and the other dental structures with subsequent loss of natural teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adult dental patients.

Peridontist Qualifications

It takes special training to become a periodontist, including obtaining qualification as a dental surgeon and subsequently taking more detailed training to become specialist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease and inflammation of the mouth. A peridontist may also be a specialist in dental implants.

Pyorrhea & Peridontitis

Periodonologists treat periodontitis which is also called pyorrhea. This is an inflammatory and infectious disease that affects the gums, supporting ligaments of the tooth and the alveolar bone. It can lead to loosening of the tooth within the bone and subsequent loss of the tooth. The condition is caused by bacteria that grow on the tooth's surface and an aggressive immune system that responds to these bacteria. Dentists will often see redness of the gums and will see bone loss around the tooth on x-ray.

Gingivitis & Periodontic Diseases

Those who practice periodontics will be able to tell the difference between relatively minor gingivitis and chronic periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis and those cases of periodontitis that are caused by some kind of systemic disease. Some patients can even have necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, tooth abscesses and periodontic/endodontic diseases. Some of these periodontic diseases are irreversible and lead to tooth loss in the end.

Peridontic Disease Locations

The disease can have many different locations within the mouth. It can be mesiobuccal, distal buccal or mid-buccal, occurring on the cheek side of the mouth. The disease can also occur in various places on the tongue side of the mouth and are called mid-lingual, mesiolingual, or distolingual. Peridontal disease is considered general if more than thirty percent of the mouth is affected. The disease can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on how much of the attachment of the tooth is lost.


Periodonists are on the lookout for the following symptoms: redness or bleeding of the gums, recurring gum swelling, bad breath or a strong metallic taste in the mouth, pockets between the gums and the teeth, recession of the gingiva, and loose teeth. These problems can be avoided with regular teeth brushing (twice daily) and flossing once per day, using a soft tooth brush and using an antiseptic mouthwash.


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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here