What You Should Know About A Periodontist Specialist?

A periodontist specialist is a dental professional that has completed specialty training in diagnosing, preventing, and treating gum disease. They have successfully undertaken three additional years of specialty training beyond the four years of dental school. A periodontist can perform treatments associated with periodontal conditions including cosmetic dental implants and other cosmetic treatments.

In many cases a periodontal evaluation is the only way to determine gum disease. If you don’t see a periodontist specialist for an evaluation, your dentist may refer you to one, especially if you are showing signs of gum disease.

Gum disease or periodontal disease is generally caused by plaque and tartar build up that causes bacteria. There are other factors that can also cause gum disease which can include medications, genetics, tobacco use and grinding one’s teeth.

There are two types of gums disease which is Gingivitis and Periodontitis.

•    Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease which often goes undetected but is the curable stage.
•    Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated and is manageable but not curable.

There are many signs of gum disease which can include the following:

•    Swollen, red, or bleeding gums.
•    Receding gums.
•    Bad breath.
•    Abscessed tooth or tooth loss.

It’s estimated that about 75% of Americans have a form of gum disease. The brushing and flossing that’s necessary daily for good oral health is important to avoid the risks of gums disease and the effects it can have on our overall health. If you experience any of these signs you should talk with a dental professional about it. Gum disease has been linked to some dental conditions that could have been avoided, as well as, some serious health problems.

Gum disease has been linked to the following conditions:

•    Heart disease.
•    Stroke
•    Diabetes

As previously stated, the best way to avoid serious gum disease problems is by seeing a periodontist specialist. When the condition is caught in the early to moderate stages, gingivitis, it can be treated and even cured. Most cases of mild to moderate gingivitis can be treated with non-surgical treatments but more severe cases may need surgical treatments but your periodontist specialist will be able to sedate you for these treatments if necessary.

The treatments that one can expect to receive will be dependent on the level of gum disease one has when treatment is to begin.

The treatments can include but is not limited to the following:

•    Mild and moderate cases can include medications, a mouth rinse, and frequent cleanings.
•    Removal of tartar and plaque buildup by the dental professional.
•    Surgery can include bone graft, tooth replacement, and gum grafts.

A person can prevent gum disease by maintaining proper oral hygiene habits including brushing at least twice daily and to floss daily and having your teeth professionally cleaned by a hygienist or dentist.

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