Should I See a Periodontist?

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Have you noticed a recent change in your bite when talking, chewing, or brushing? Do your teeth feel a bit loose? Are your gums red, swollen, or bleeding? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to see a periodontist.

What do Periodontists do?

Periodontists are dental professionals specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, a condition that affects almost half of all adults over the age of 30. Our dentists have completed three additional years of training beyond standard dental school and are experts in performing procedures that restore the look, feel, and function of your gums. One of our patients’ most common complaints is gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that, if not treated promptly, can become acute. Besides being gum specialists, we offer an array of treatments to heal damage to the root surfaces of the tooth. We also are experts in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants to replace portions of a missing tooth.

The Difference Between a Dentist and a Periodontist

While your family dentist can sometimes treat a minor gum issue, they often refer their patients to a periodontist when the problem has become severe. Bleeding or discomfort around the area of the gums is a warning sign, as are loose teeth, which can be a sign of thinning bone. A change in your bite pattern also is an indication that there may be a problem that needs to be addressed before it becomes long-term. Although our gums recede as we age, signs of recession should not be noticeable, and you should see a periodontist if you do.