Omar qualified in 2003 from the University of Glasgow, winning the prize for conservative dentistry as an undergraduate. In 2005, he became a practice principal and subsequently a vocational trainer with the responsibility of training newly qualified dentists. He was awarded the Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2007 and the Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2008.
Whilst working in general practice, he undertook advanced training in restorative dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute, completing the Certificate in Restorative Dental Practice. On completion of four years of specialist training in periodontics, he was awarded Masters in Clinical Dentistry from King’s College London and Membership in Periodontics from Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. He previously worked at Guy’s Hospital, London at a consultant level and undertakes all aspects of periodontal therapy including surgical, non-surgical, muco-gingival, crown lengthening and implant therapy. As well as providing periodontal care at the practice, he has a special interest in the association between periodontal disease and diabetes. In 2015, he received the Ron F. Wilson award from King’s College London for clinical research and has presented his research internationally.
For a number of years, he has been an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons examining the Licence in Dental Surgery, the oldest continuously existing dental qualification in the United Kingdom.
Omar is a keen golfer and tennis player and enjoys hill walking and long-distance running at the weekends. He also has a degree in computing and a passion for all things technological. He is happy to accept referrals for periodontal assessment and management.
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.