Your specialist gum disease dentist in Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex
BDS (Bristol), MFDS RCS (ENG), MClinDent, MPerio RCS(ED)
GDC Number 85724
Raman graduated from Bristol Dental School in 2005. After completing vocational training, Raman worked as a senior House Officer in oral surgery, restorative dentistry and periodontics at various institutions including the Birmingham Dental Hospital and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. During this time, he achieved Membership of the Faculty of Dental surgeons, awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons.
In 2013, Raman completed his 4-year specialist training in periodontics at King’s College, London. He then went on to be awarded the Master of Clinical Dentistry (Periodontics) qualification and Membership in Periodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.
Raman joined the Stricklands specialist team in 2020, providing a wide range of treatments. Raman specialises in non-surgical treatment of gum disease, mucogingival surgery for gum recession, crown lengthening surgery and periodontal regeneration.
Periodontitis is the inflammation of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth – also known as gum disease. Unlike gingivitis, an earlier stage of gum disease, periodontitis cannot be reversed, only controlled – and that’s when specialist treatment is required.
The root cause of gum disease is bacterial build-up in the form of dental plaque. This causes inflammation and infection, which gradually spreads to the supporting structures of the tooth. If left untreated, periodontitis can cause the gums to recede and can even destroy the underlying jawbone, leading to the need for tooth removal.
Treatments range from robust hygiene care, to remove disease-causing plaque and tartar, to deep cleansing, which involves cleaning under the gum line – a local anaesthetic is required for this. In severe cases, surgery may be required to lift the gum for cleaning and reshape it for future protection. When gum disease is too advanced, tooth extraction is the only remaining option.
The first thing to do is visit your dentist for a thorough check-up of your teeth and gums. The dentist can measure the extent of the gum disease and will arrange a referral to our in house-specialist if appropriate. X-rays may also be needed to see the amount of bone that has been lost. If your dentist identifies a serious problem, you will be referred to our in-house specialist.