Periodontology is the management of patients with disorders of the gums and the supporting structures including teeth.
Patients are seen for advice, diagnosis and second opinion; as well as treatment, providing they meet the eligibility criteria.
The department provides treatment for those patients in conjunction with the referring practitioner, on a shared-care basis. There is a strong focus of putting patients at the core of the department’s educational and research activities, such that disease presentation often forms the research questions. Patient treatment is usually offered within the context of clinical projects, in line with the research governance guidelines, where deemed suitable.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the department proactively managed its services, ensuring that patients referred to the department have the support they need. The provision of new patient consultations as a result has changed, with a large number of newly referred patients having a telephone/virtual consultation.
The department has a strong reputation both in the clinical and research field, and has led research strategies in the field of systemic health and oral disease, as well as preventive strategies and clinical outcomes.
Periodontology services provides consultation and joint multidisciplinary clinics:
- Eight new patient consultation clinics per week. A large number of new patient appointments are by telephone/virtual clinic
- Telephone/virtual and face-to-face consultations for follow-up care
- Daily follow-up, treatment and review clinics
- A joint clinic with orthodontics runs once every eight weeks
- Additional multidisciplinary clinics with other departments within the RNENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals.