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Why Would You See a Periodontist?

Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
a close up of healthy gums and pearly teethA periodontist is a special kind of dentist who treats gum disease. Gum disease leads to infection and inflammation of tissues around your teeth. Seeing a periodontist becomes necessary when gum disease gets more severe or does not get better with standard treatment.

Signs You Should See a Periodontist

Visiting a periodontist is crucial if you experience persistent bad breath or a bad taste that brushing and flossing cannot fix, swollen or bleeding gums, pain while chewing, loose teeth or teeth shifting, receding gums, increased space between teeth, or pus coming out from between teeth and gums. These signs indicate that the protective gum tissue is deteriorating, and a periodontist has the necessary tools and expertise to determine the most effective treatment for your oral health.

Why a Periodontist Provides More Targeted Gum Care

You may wonder why you cannot continue seeing your regular family dentist. A dentist can provide basic gum disease care, like cleaning above the gum line and giving oral hygiene instructions. However, as the name suggests, a periodontist focuses their practice entirely on gum and bone health. This allows them to provide more targeted solutions.

A periodontist can access areas way under the gumline where severe infection hides. Through specialty surgeries, they address complex tissue and bone loss a dentist cannot. Ongoing communication with your dentist ensures fully coordinated gum care.

What Happens on Your First Appointment

The first periodontist appointment starts with a comprehensive oral exam. They assess plaque and tartar buildup and check for gum recession depth and bleeding. X-rays show bone level changes over time. Armed with these exam findings, the periodontist outlines treatment options best suited to your case and advises on their recommended plan. An open discussion follows where you can ask questions about the care plans presented.

By getting checked, you take key steps to stabilize your gum health. Consistently visiting a periodontist as needed prevents further tissue and bone erosion around the teeth roots. This maintains your comfortable chewing ability and smile. Contact us with any remaining questions about how a periodontist can get your gum disease under control.

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