Your periodontist in Perth
At Elite Perio, you are in safe hands. Our periodontist in Perth, Dr Mahnaz Syed, is a highly skilled and qualified dental surgeon. She completed her training as a general dentist 26 years ago, at Guys Dental School in London. She then continued with postgraduate studies, receiving a Diploma in General Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in England.
Mahnaz’s passion for dental surgery led her to study for a Masters’ degree at the Royal London Dental Hospital and in 2001, she completed a Masters’ in Clinical Dentistry, achieving the level of distinction.
She continued to delve into the causes of gum disease with a three-year research project into aggressive periodontitis, at the Royal London Dental Hospital.
Eleven years ago, she landed in Western Australia and has been here ever since. As well as being our lead periodontist in Perth, Mahnaz is also clinical implant tutor at the University of Western Australia.
What is a periodontist?
It’s an impressive list of qualifications and experience, I’m sure you’ll agree. However, you may be none the wiser as to what a periodontist in Perth actually does.
Periodontics is the study, prevention and treatment of gum disease, which includes placing dental implants. A periodontist in Perth treats all levels of gum disease, including the superficial irritations of gingivitis, to the more serious effects of periodontitis. To qualify as a periodontist, a dentist needs to complete three years additional study after their training as a general dentist.
What do they do?
The job of a periodontist in Perth is to protect the supporting structures around the tooth – the bones, the soft tissues, ligaments and surface of the tooth root. To do this, they remove the hardened plaque that inflames the gums and any damaged tissues. Surgery may be necessary in advanced cases, including to build up lost bone tissue.
Plaque is caused by the bacteria that live in our mouths. By themselves, they are not harmful, but the toxins they give off when they feed are. They live on sugar, so the more we put into our mouths, the more fuel we give to these gum disease-causing bacteria.