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Periodontal Service

The Periodontal service specialises in managing diseases of the gums and associated soft tissues. We provide specialist treatment and advice in all aspects of periodontal and implant health.  Patients are seen for advice, diagnosis and second opinions; as well as treatment, providing they fulfil our referral criteria. 

The department runs as a partnership with the University of Birmingham, and we undertake world leading research as well as providing teaching to a range of students and dental professionals (dentists, hygiene therapists and nurses). A small number of patients are managed by senior students where appropriate and under specialist supervision.

We also run a national service for adults with the skin blistering condition, Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Patients who meet our criteria can be referred to us by a clinical professional via a referral letter to the Periodontal team.

Access to services 

Updated April 2021

All current patients have been risk assessed and a harms assessment undertaken for delayed appointments due to the pandemic. Appointments have been prioritised in accordance with clinical need through this process. You will be contacted as soon as the team are able to facilitate an appointment for you. New referrals are being seen as normal, as our new referrals waiting list was cleared by February 2021.

Our services resumed on 8th June 2020 and we are working in a COVID-19 secure manner to manage appointments. 4000 appointments have required re-booking from this date. The team are currently working through the re-scheduling of review and treatment appointments. 

If you require urgent assistance, please contact your General Dentist for any immediate dental management, including clinical advice and obtaining a prescription for any required medication. Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 for management of pain or an urgent dental need. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all bank holidays.

We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.