When to See a Periodontist

October 4, 2023by admin0

When to See a Periodontist – Dentin Family Dentistry

A periodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating infections and diseases affecting the soft tissues surrounding teeth and the jawbone that supports them. To become a periodontist, dentists must undergo an additional three years of specialized training beyond the four years of regular dental school. They are well-versed in advanced techniques necessary for treating periodontal disease and placing dental implants. Additionally, periodontists perform various cosmetic procedures to enhance smiles.

Periodontal disease typically begins when plaque toxins attack the soft gum tissue surrounding teeth, leading to bacterial infection. This infection progresses, causing inflammation and deeper penetration between teeth and gums. The body’s response to the infection may result in gum recession and the formation of deep pockets, ultimately leading to unstable teeth and tooth loss if left untreated.

Seeking treatment from a periodontist can occur through referrals from general dentists or self-referral. Common signs prompting a visit to a periodontist include bleeding while eating or brushing, persistent bad breath, loose teeth, gum recession, or suspicion of tissue gangrene. Additionally, certain health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis are often associated with periodontal infections.

Diagnosis and treatment by a periodontist involve thorough examination of the gums, jawbone, and overall dental health. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the condition:

  • For mild periodontal disease or gingivitis, scaling and root planing may be performed to clean the gum pockets and promote healing.
  • Moderate periodontal disease may require more extensive cleaning, often under local anesthesia.
  • Advanced periodontal disease, characterized by deep gum pockets and bone loss, may necessitate surgical intervention to reduce pocket depth.
  • In cases of tooth loss due to periodontal disease, dental implants may be recommended if the bone can provide adequate support. Otherwise, bone grafts may be performed to enhance bone strength for implant placement.

Patients are encouraged to consult their periodontist for any questions regarding periodontal disease, treatment options, or dental implants.

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