Periodontology

Sometimes our patients require specialist gum care to help them combat the more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis. This can cause symptoms including sore, swollen or bleeding gums and bad breath, and if left untreated can lead to loose teeth which can even fall out.

We offer a full range of specialist gum services at Eustace Dental & Implant Clinic in Sevenoaks, to help patients regain good oral healthcare. The importance of healthy gums is vital for a beautiful healthy smile and also total body health.

Gum disease is silent, so it’s important to get a professional to check for signs regularly. As with any disease, if caught early it is much easier treat, with better results.

What is periodontology?

Periodontium is the name given to the complex system of hard and soft structures that support your teeth in your jaw. This system is made up of the tooth socket, the gums, root cementum and the periodontal ligament. Periodontology is the study of these oral structures. Periodontists have a specialist understanding of the science of your mouth, teeth, jaw and gums as a whole, as well as a thorough knowledge of the different kinds of diseases that can manifest, their symptoms and suitable treatments.

Essentially, a periodontist is concerned with keeping your teeth in place, throughout your lifetime. At Eustace Dental & Implant Clinic our periodontists are trained to help prevent, diagnose and treat periodontal diseases, as well as fit dental implants.

Do I need to see a periodontist?

Gum disease can be hard to spot, which is why it is important to visit your local Sevenoaks dentist for routine check ups. Your dental practitioner may refer you to a periodontist if they suspect any signs of gingivitis or periodontitis. If you have not seen a dentist for some time, and you think you may have gum disease, book an appointment to see your Eustace Dental & Implant Clinic dentist in Sevenoaks, straight away on 01732 452233.

Gum disease is serious, affecting the whole of your mouth and ultimately the structure of your jaw. If left untreated can result in bone loss – undermining the foundations of your teeth. Bone and tissue keep your teeth in place, and lasting damage to these ultimately results in loss of teeth and unsightly gaps.  

You may have gum disease if:

  • Your gums bleed when you brush.
  • Your teeth look or feel like they are moving.  
  • Your gums are red or swollen.
  • You suffer from persistent bad breath.
  • Your teeth are looking longer (a sign that your gums are receding).
  • There are spaces developing between your teeth.
  • You experience recurrent mouth infections or ulcers.

Can I get dental implants?

If you have lost a tooth due to gum disease, from an accident or any other reason, you may want to consider a dental implant. This is an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jaw by your periodontist in order to anchor a bridge or an artificial tooth. If you feel that you would benefit from dental implants, speak to your Portman dentist. They can help and advise on the best course of action. You must ensure that you already have a good oral hygiene routine in place, and your Eustace Dental & Implant Clinic dentist will examine your jaw to ascertain that there is enough bone to attach the implant to.

Initial gum treatment

Periodontal plastic surgery

Regenerative procedures

Crown lengthening

Meet our dentist


Ben Palin

Ben is a patient focused dentist who enjoys providing high quality evidence-based dentistry. He strives to combine both aesthetics and function to provide the best possible treatment. Throughout his career he embraced further training and education in order to develop professionally and improve his knowledge and skills for the benefit of his patients.

In the past 6 years he developed and nurtured an interest in periodontology. This started with attending lectures and study clubs and has progressed. He is now in the final year of study of a MClinDent in Clinical Periodontology. He utilises this knowledge and skills by delivering periodontal treatment to the more complex cases within the practices on a daily basis.

Ben joined the Army upon graduation and held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He left the Army in 2019 and is enjoying working in a civilian practice.

Ben's aspiration is to complete the MClinDent and work both as a periodontist and general dentist whilst working towards acceptance on the Specialist list.

He is strong believer in lifelong learning and enjoys learning new and developing existing skills.

Ben attains CPD by reading journals, attending BDA section meetings, organising study days, attending peer reviews and clinical “hands on” meetings and attending the MClinDent modules.

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